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Five facts about the Equifax data breach

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The sensitivity of the personal information held by Equifax made its 2017 breach one of the most severe data privacy failures ever reported. If you were affected by the Equifax data breach, we can help you make a no-win, no-fee compensation claim.

Here are five key facts to explain more about the Equifax data breach...

FACT ONE

15 million people in the UK might have been affected by the Equifax data breach

During the Equifax breach, hackers accessed the private details of 146 million people in the US. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) also discovered that 15 million people in the UK might have been affected. To put this in perspective, that is equivalent to just under a quarter of the whole population.

FACT TWO

Equifax tried to cover up the breach

Equifax failed to come clean straight away about the scale of the breach. And, earning roughly $1 million in the process, a former Equifax executive sold his shares in the company before news of the hack went public. Set to profit at the expense of millions of customers, he has since been charged with insider trading, but his actions reflect a disdain for consumer data protection.

FACT THREE

The ICO has already found Equifax guilty

In September 2018, the ICO issued Equifax £500,000 fine after it discovered that a series of security flaws at the credit reference company made the attack possible.

However, the ICO’s investigation was carried out under older data protection law rather than the current General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The £500,000 fine was the maximum allowed at that time, so you could argue that Equifax got away lightly.

FACT FOUR

Your details could have been accessed, even if you are not an Equifax customer

Equifax is used by many companies to decide whether to issue mortgages, loans, store cards, credit cards, etc. So, it holds a wealth of information about people – many of whom are not Equifax customers. That’s why, when hackers gained access to the private details of Equifax customers, it was big news.

FACT FIVE

While Equifax has agreed to compensate people in the US, it is still refusing to do the same in the UK

Equifax agreed to pay $400 million (£577 million) to compensate and fund credit monitoring services for US victims. But, to date, Equifax has still not compensated UK victims for this data breach. At Keller Lenkner UK, we believe that consumers in England & Wales deserve compensation too.

The UK Equifax data breach case could soon come to an end, but it’s not too late to claim!

Equifax sent a letter to those affected after the data breach, informing them that their data was at risk. If you received this letter, you can make a claim with Keller Lenkner UK.

Because so many people are affected by the Equifax data breach, this case is being run as a group action. A group action allows people with the same type of claim to bring it together on a collective basis. This strengthens their overall position and increases their chances of success.

At Keller Lenkner UK, we are dealing with all Equifax data breach claims on a no-win, no-fee basis. This means, if your claim is not successful, you won’t have to pay us a penny.

Contact Keller Lenkner UK’s expert data breach lawyers to discuss the Equifax data breach.

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