On July 29, 2017, the security staff of Equifax, a company that analyzes business-related data involving more than 820 million consumers and more than 91 million businesses worldwide, discovered that its database had been hacked. After an investigation, the company announced that the hack involved the theft of personal data including credit card, social security and some drivers’ license numbers, birth dates and addresses of about 143 million U.S. consumers.
Individual and class action lawsuits continue to be filed with courts all over the country. Moreover, after the breach, Equifax included on its website a way for customers to check if their data had been stolen. When requesting the information, visitors to the site are encouraged to click a box that says they will not sue. Many lawyers have said that requirement most likely is not enforceable.