When Equifax lost the critical financial data of over 143 million Americans, it was a startling reminder that we need a lot more control over our personal information.
We didn't hire the three big credit unions—Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion—to collect and sell financial data about us, and we certainly didn't give them permission to lose it. So why should we have to pay them to keep our financial information private and secure? We shouldn’t. And we should have more control over our own information.
We’re working to make sure that Equifax is held fully accountable for exposing the financial data of more than 145 million Americans. And we're working to pass new laws and enact new rules to protect consumers' personal financial information. If you haven't taken steps to protect yourself after the Equifax data breach, we recommend you take a look at the resources provided below. We answer some of the most common questions we get from consumers about how they can protect themselves from identity thieves.