WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Oct. 25 that his office has testified before the House Financial Services Committee regarding data security and the Equifax data breach.

During the testimony, the Attorney General’s Bureau of Internet and Technology bureau chief Kathleen McGee spoke about how Schneiderman responded to the Equifax breach.

“The Equifax data breach was unprecedented in scale and severity, affecting the private information of 145 million Americans, including more than 8 million New Yorkers,” McGee said. 

“Our office acted immediately, launching a formal investigation of Equifax and pressing the company on a number of issues – including a delay in notifying consumers of the breach, a forced arbitration clause in free credit monitoring contracts, and the failure to provide Spanish-language customer service to consumers affected by the breach. 

"Following conversations with our office, Equifax addressed all of those issues and later agreed to provide consumers the ability to lock and unlock their credit file for life.”

Schneiderman’s office noted in a news release that it has tips on its website for New York consumers for dealing with the Equifax data breach situation.

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