CONTACT: TJ Donovan, Attorney General, (802) 828-3171
September 10, 2017
Vermonters are understandably angry, frustrated, anxious, and upset to learn of a massive data breach exposing more than 240,000 of us to the loss of sensitive data. This loss of data includes our names, social security numbers, and even in some cases our credit card and drivers’ license numbers. Upon learning of this data breach my office immediately sent out an emergency alert to Vermonters throughout the state urging them to take steps to protect their sensitive information.
I immediately demanded answers and resolution of these questions from Equifax’ General Counsel and can now assure Vermonters of the following:
1) No waiver terms or binding arbitration will be imposed on consumers who go to the Equifax website to learn if they are affected.
2) No waiver terms or binding arbitration will be imposed on consumers who enroll in the one year of free identity theft protection and credit file monitoring (“TrustedID”) being offered as a result of this breach.
3) No waiver terms or binding arbitration will be imposed on consumers who request a credit report freeze as a result of this breach.
Ensuring the safety and security of Vermonters’ sensitive data following this debacle is a top priority for me and my staff. We will continue to enforce our consumer protection laws and work to get answers for Vermont consumers as we learn more about this developing situation.
Last modified: March 12, 2018