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Hoosiers affected by Equifax data breach could get restitution

Hoosiers affected by Equifax data breach could get restitution
Hoosiers affected by Equifax data breach could get restitution
State Rep. Steve Davisson

One of the worst data breaches on record occurred in September 2017, when the credit-reporting bureau Equifax announced the personal information of more than 147 million consumers, including almost four million Hoosiers, was exposed.

That personal information included Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, driver’s license numbers and credit card information. Equifax ultimately settled with two federal agencies and 48 state attorneys general to pay about $650 million in restitution and provide up to 10 years of free credit monitoring for those whose data was compromised.

However, Indiana opted not to join that lawsuit and, instead, filed a separate one on behalf of the 3.9 million Hoosiers affected by the data breach. Equifax settled that lawsuit earlier this year, agreeing to pay $19.5 million to the state. That amount is more than any of the 48 states in the previous settlement received, which was $175 million in total.

Residents whose personal information was exposed by the data breach and lived in Indiana between March 2017 and July 2017 can file a claim for a restitution payment at IndianaEquifaxClaims.com or call 1-877-868-6795. The deadline to file a claim is Dec. 16.

Those who lived in Indiana between March 2017 and July 2017 but no longer live in the state can still file a claim by providing their previous address from that time period and their current address. Hoosiers who filed a claim with the nationwide settlement can also submit a claim with Indiana’s settlement.

On the heels of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, now is a good time for Hoosiers to know how to protect themselves from cyberattacks, especially as more business, shopping and socializing are conducted online. The state’s cybersecurity hub offers useful tips and resources about how to protect sensitive information online for individuals, businesses, schools and government, as well as a portal for reporting cybercrimes. Learn more at in.gov/cybersecurity.

Editor’s note: State Rep. Steve Davisson, R-Salem, represents House District 73, which includes Washington County and portions of Harrison, Clark, Jackson, Lawrence and Orange counties.

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