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 4 million Hoosiers, was exposed.
That personal information included Social Security numbers, birthdates, 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 and July of 2017 can file a claim for a restitution payment at IndianaEquifaxClaims.com or call 877-868-6795. The deadline to file a claim is Dec. 16, 2020.
Those who lived in Indiana between March and July of 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.
With October being 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 on 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.
State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) represents House District 73, which includes
Washington County, and portions of Jackson, Lawrence, Orange, Clark and Harrison counties.
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