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Equifax Hit With Maximum UK Privacy Fine After Mega-Breach


Application Security , Breach Notification , Data Breach

Equifax Hit With Maximum UK Privacy Fine After Mega-Breach 'Multiple Failures' Cited as Watchdog Levies Maximum Possible Pre-GDPR Fine Mathew J. Schwartz (euroinfosec) • September 20, 2018

Credit bureau Equifax has been hit with the maximum possible fine under U.K. law for "multiple failures" that contributed to its massive 2017 data breach, including its failure to act on a critical vulnerability alert issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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The Information Commissioner's Office, which is the U.K.'s data protection authority and enforces the country's privacy laws, announced the 500,000 ($660,000) fine on Thursday. Following an investigation into the breach - carried out in parallel with the U.K.'s Financial Conduct Authority - the ICO cited Equifax "for failing to protect the personal information of up to 15 million U.K....(continued)

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