Republican Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Marty Jackley agrees with this Democratic blogger that we need to take some cash out of Equifax’s hide. Catching up with attorneys general from 31 other states, A.G. Jackley says everyone affected by Equifax’s massive data breach should get free credit freezes or monitoring and Equifax should pay for it:
“This breach affects millions of Americans including thousands of South Dakotans. Consumers, who are at absolutely no fault in this situation, should not have to pay anyone especially Equifax to either monitor or to freeze their credit,” said Jackley.
…The attorneys general also said that, although Equifax has agreed to waive credit freeze fees for those who would otherwise be subject to them, the other two credit bureaus, Experian and Transunion, continue to charge fees for security freezes. The attorneys general said that Equifax should be taking steps to reimburse consumers who incur these fees to completely freeze their credit [South Dakota Attorney General’s Office, press release, 2017.09.18].
A.G. Jackley isn’t explicitly advocating any government action or even hinting that he might bring legal action to protect South Dakotans. His Monday press release speaks of making a “request” by letter and having “communications” with Equifax about terms of service (“Equifax was responsive to these concerns,” says A.G. Jackley without elaborating). But at least the Attorney General is offering moral support to the idea that moral responsibility should come before profits. (Hey, Marty! How about going Red and advocating that we just nationalize the credit reporting industry?)
Related: We’re now hearing that the same hackers who grabbed our data were breaching Equifax’s systems back in March, five months before the date Equifax has previously cited as when it detected the intrusions.