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    TJ Donovan

    Vermont Attorney General

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    “I want the Attorney General’s Office to be ‘the People’s Law Firm.’ You’re going to see us out in our community – meeting, teaching and helping the people we serve.” – TJ

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The Attorney General is the chief law enforcement officer in the state. Our office represents the state in all matters in which the state is a party or has an interest. We are dedicated to the protection of the health and safety of all Vermonters.

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Vermont Secures $1.85 Million Settlement from Equifax

Settlement includes up to $425 million in consumer restitution following investigation into 2017 data breach   Attorney General T.J....

July 22, 2019

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Vermont Joins Data Breach Settlement Against Health Insurer Premera

Contact: Ryan Kriger, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-3171   Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan and 29 other attorneys...

July 11, 2019

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AG to Host ‘Forum for a Hate-Free Vermont’ in Rutland

CONTACT:Charity R. Clark, Chief of Staff, 802-828-3171 Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced that the third Forum for a Hate-Free Vermont...

July 11, 2019

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Vermont Joins Coalition Defending Human Rights of Children in Immigration Detention at Southern Border

CONTACT:    Charity Clark, Chief of Staff, 802-828-3171 Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced today that Vermont joined a coalition of...

July 10, 2019

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Court Upholds Vermont’s Large-Capacity Magazine Ban

Contact: Ben Battles, Solicitor General, 802-828-3171   Bennington Superior Court Judge William Cohen has upheld Vermont’s recently...

July 1, 2019

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AG Releases Educational Tool for Small Businesses on Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Contact: Charity Clark, Chief of Staff, 802-828-3171   Attorney General T.J. Donovan released a video guidance today aimed at...

June 28, 2019

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We've reached a settlement with @Equifax for their 2017 data breach which exposed the personal data of 250,000+ Vermonters. Equifax failed to maintain reasonable security & will now pay affected consumers $425M + $1.85M to VT.

More on the settlement at https://t.co/axPGHoG791

I’m disappointed in last week’s ruling allowing the #TitleX #GagRule to go into effect pending my office’s appeal.

10,000 Vermonters rely on Title X health care centers.

We are in this fight with you.

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Today I announced that a coalition of attorneys general reached a settlement with Equifax after an investigation into the largest-ever breach of consumer data. The investigation found that Equifax’s failure to maintain a reasonable security system enabled hackers to penetrate its systems, exposing the data of 56 percent of American adults, including more than 250,000 Vermonters in 2017.

The settlement with Equifax includes a Consumer Restitution Fund of up to $425 million which will reimburse consumers for out-of-pocket costs that resulted from the breach (such as fees paid for credit freezes or professional fees paid to address identity theft) and compensate consumers for up to 20 hours of time spent remedying issues arising from the breach, at $25 per hour. Equifax will also offer affected consumers extended credit-monitoring services for a total of 10 years, and 18 years for affected minors. Consumers will be able to obtain information about the settlement, check their eligibility to file a claim, and file a claim on the Equifax Settlement Breach online registry, www.EquifaxBreachSettlement.com.

This was a historic and unprecedented breach of consumer data. Vermonters deserve to have their most sensitive personal data protected by the companies who handle it, especially when obtained without their clearly expressed consent. When a major corporation like Equifax, whose sole business is trading in other peoples’ data, does not take basic steps to protect that data, there must be serious legal consequences. I believe this settlement will help Vermonters respond to Equifax's failure to maintain a reasonable security system.

For the full press release, visit ago.vermont.gov/blog/2019/07/22/vermont-secures-1-85-million-settlement-from-equifax/
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