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Connecticut AG Jepsen warns Equifax on profiting from data breach

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen is teaming with the attorneys general from the District of Columbia, Illinois and Pennsylvania to demand that Equifax halt enrollment in its fee-based credit monitoring service following reports of a data breach impacting up to 143 million people.

Although Equifax is offering free credit monitoring services in response to the breach,

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George Jepsen

Jepsen and his fellow attorneys general complained in a letter to the Atlanta-based company that it was “seemingly using its own data breach as an opportunity to sell services to breach victims.”
While acknowledging that Equifax has agreed to waive credit freeze fees for those who would otherwise be subject to them, the attorneys general argued that Equifax should take steps to reimburse consumers who incur fees to completely freeze their credit with rival credit bureaus Experian and TransUnion.

“Consumers are understandably angry and upset about this breach, and their feelings are entirely warranted given the extremely sensitive nature of the compromised information,”  Jepsen said. “This breach has also caused considerable confusion, which could lead breach victims, who are already vulnerable, to inadvertently sign up for a costly program instead of the free service. Additionally, consumers, who are at absolutely no fault in this situation, should not have to pay anyone to completely freeze their credit.”

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Phil Hall's writing for Westfair Communications has earned multiple awards from the Connecticut Press Club and the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists. He is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News and the author of 10 books (including the 2020 release "Moby Dick: The Radio Play" and the upcoming "Jesus Christ Movie Star," both published by BearManor Media). He is also the host of the SoundCloud podcast "The Online Movie Show," co-host of the WAPJ-FM talk show "Nutmeg Chatter" and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill's Congress Blog, Profit Confidential, The MReport and StockNews.com. Outside of journalism, he is also a horror movie actor - usually playing the creepy villain who gets badly killed at the end of each film.

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