Equifax Agrees To Pay Up To $700M Settlement Over 2017 Data Breach

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Equifax Agrees To Pay Up To $700M Settlement Over 2017 Data Breach
The September 2017 breach affected 147 million Americans.
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Equifax will pay up to $700 million to settle a 2017 data breach that affected 147 million Americans.

The settlement includes up to $425 million to pay affected consumers and $175 million to pay the 48 states involved in the lawsuit. The credit reporting company has also agreed to provide 10 years of credit monitoring services for affected Americans.

New York Attorney General Letitia James, who co-led the multistate investigation, said Equifax's "ineptitude, negligence, and lax security standards endangered the identities of half the U.S. population. Now it’s time for the company to do what’s right."

Last year, the House oversight committee found that Equifax could have prevented the breach had it fixed two main issues: addressing authority problems in its IT department and updating its security system.

Monday's settlement comes on top of a $660,000 penalty from U.K. regulators over the breach. The U.K.'s information commissioner estimates as many as 15 million British citizens were affected.