Assemblyman urges change following Equifax breach

Today, Equifax CEO Richard Smith announced his resignation in the wake of the company's massive breach, and although it's been a couple of weeks since the news first broke, the issues that come following the breach are still fresh on people's minds.

"People are still concerned when you have a data breach that impacts 143 million Americans by one of the largest credit reporting agencies," said Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi. "Basically, if you have a credit card, there's a chance that they have your information."

Brindisi said he's received several phone calls from constituents who are concerned their information was stolen.

"This one really hits home, because it impacts so many different people across the country," he said. "Bascially, half the country was impacted by this data breach."

And after so many high-profile data breaches, Brindisi said enough is enough.

"What we're learning more and more everyday is the lax regulations that there are over these credit reporting agencies. They're really not held to the same kinds of standards that other financial institutions are, such as banks," he said.

He also said regulating these companies and taking security measures to ensure a breach doesn't happen again may be the next step.

"Certainly companies need to be taking every step possible in working with government agencies and private businesses in the cyber security field to make sure that their information is secured. And really, it's our information that's out there for everyone to see," Brindisi said.

He also is encouraging constituents to call Congresswoman Claudia Tenney, who sits on the financial services committee. He said her support for certain bills may ultimately harm her constituents.

"The Choice Act, which is something that [Tenney] sponsored and supported in Congress, would really dismantle and cripple the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which is the agency that is really out there protecting consumers and responsible for going after companies like Equifax who are responsible for these breaches," Brindisi said.

Eyewitness News tried to make accommodations for Tenney to meet with our D.C. bureau, but she was unavailable for comment. Ultimately, Brindisi said consumers should continue to monitor their credit report for any unsual activity.


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