In July 2019, the U.S. public learned of the largest settlement to date in a data breach incident. Equifax, a credit reporting service, was ordered to pay up to $700 million in settlements to the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 48 states, DC and Puerto Rico. The data breach, which occurred in 2017, resulted in personal information – including social security numbers and home addresses, among other sensitive data – of more than 145 million Americans (more than half the U.S. population).
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