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SAN FRANCISCO (Sept.

26, 2017) City Attorney Dennis Herrera today filed a lawsuit


against credit reporting company Equifax for failing to protect the personal data of more than 15
million Californians.

The case is: People of the State of California v. Equifax, Inc., San Francisco Superior Court Case
No. CGC-17-561529, filed Sept. 26, 2017. More information is available on our website at
www.sfcityattorney.org; https://www.sfcityattorney.org/2017/09/26/herrera-sues-equifax-
massive-data-breach/.

The Company knew it had been hacked but didnt alert consumers for six weeks. Equifaxs
incompetence would be comical if the subject matter werent so serious, Herrera said. This
company fell asleep at the switch and upended the lives of millions of people. The information
that Equifax failed to safeguard is what people need to open a bank account, buy a home or rent
an apartment. Now Californians have been put at risk of identity theft for years to come.

According to the lawsuit filed in San Francisco Superior Court on behalf of the people of the
State of California, Equifax violated state law governing unlawful, unfair or fraudulent business
practices by:
1. Failing to implement and maintain reasonable security procedures and practices.
2. Failing to provide timely notice of the data breach to affected California consumers.
3. When it finally provided notice, failing to provide complete, plain and clear information.

The lawsuit seeks restitution for California consumers who purchased credit monitoring services
from Equifax prior to Sept. 7, 2017, civil penalties of up to $2,500 per violation of the law, and a
court order requiring Equifax to implement and maintain appropriate security procedures for the
highly sensitive information it handles.

Equifax collects names, phone numbers, addresses, social security numbers, dates of birth,
financial account information and other data for 820 million consumers worldwide.

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