Were you affected by the 2017 Equifax data breach? You might have been because 147 million records in the US alone were exposed. If you;d like a refresher on the event, we talked about it in a blog post, along with the remedies available at the time Equifax Data Breach:
Before you dismiss this as ancient history, check this out: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced that Equifax has agreed to a global settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and 50 U.S. states and territories. The settlement includes up to $425 million to help people affected by the data breach.
If you were affected, you might be eligible for
- Up to 10 years of free credit monitoring
- A cash payment of $125 in lieu of credit monitoring
- Payment for time, expenses or losses related to the breach (capped at $20,000)
For more details on what you might be eligible for, see the FTC’s summary of the Equifax Data Breach Settlement
Here’s how to file a claim:
- The first step is to find out if your information was exposed: use this look-up tool.
- If your data was exposed, you must file a claim by January 22, 2020. You can file a claim online, or see instructions for filing a hard copy. It’s a fairly easy process. Here are FAQs if you want to learn more.
It may seem nearly impossible to protect your data from being exposed, but don’t give up! See our post on 66 ways to protect your identity and privacy for tips.