WATCH­DOG OPENS EQUIFAX PROBE

Regina Leader-Post - - FP REGINA -

Canada’s pri­vacy watch­dog said Friday it has opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mas­sive Equifax Inc. data breach af­ter re­ceiv­ing sev­eral com­plaints and dozens of calls from con­cerned Cana­di­ans. “The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is a pri­or­ity for our of­fice given the sen­si­tiv­ity of the per­sonal in­for­ma­tion that Equifax holds,” the Of­fice of the Pri­vacy Com­mis­sioner of Canada said on its web­site. It added that the credit mon­i­tor­ing com­pany will no­tify all im­pacted Cana­di­ans in writ­ing as soon as pos­si­ble. Equifax is used by many cred­i­tors to get re­ports on con­sumers’ credit his­to­ries, which in­clude in­for­ma­tion such as so­cial in­sur­ance num­bers, credit card num­bers and home ad­dresses. Equifax said on Sept. 7 that it was the vic­tim of a huge cy­ber­at­tack that may have com­pro­mised the per­sonal data of as many as 143 mil­lion Amer­i­cans and a lim­ited num­ber of Cana­dian and U.K. res­i­dents.

THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

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