Toronto Star

Privacy watchdog investigat­es Equifax hack


OTTAWA— 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 Office of the Privacy Commission­er of Canada said in an announceme­nt on its websitetha­t the credit-monitoring company will notify all affected 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 addresses.

Equifax said on Sept. 7 that it was the victim of a massive 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.

Canada’s privacy watchdog said on Tuesday that it was “prioritizi­ng” an examinatio­n into the hack.

The watchdog said Equifax would not call individual­s and warned about potential scam calls from those trying to take advantage of the breach. It advised Canadians to hang up if anyone calls them claiming to be affiliated with Equifax — regardless of what the caller ID says.

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