Canada’s privacy commissioner opens probe into Equifax data breach


Canada’s reclusiveness commissioner has opened an investigation into the massive data breach at Equifax Inc. after be telling several complaints and dozens of calls from concerned Canadians.

“The review is a priority for our office given the sensitivity of the personal information that Equifax proposes,” the Office of the Privacy Commissioner said Friday on its website.

The announcement of the dig into comes after Equifax disclosed last week that a cybersecurity severance exposed the personal data of about 143 million Americans and an undisclosed host of Canadians.

“Equifax has committed to notifying all impacted Canadians in writing as in a second as possible,” the privacy watchdog said. The company will also tender free credit monitoring to affected individuals.

“At this point in in days of yore, it is not clear that the affected data was limited to Canadians with U.S. dealings,” the commissioner put, 

The company is still working to determine the number of Canadians affected by the split.

Equifax has said the breach of its system occurred between mid-May washing ones hands of July, and it learned of the hack on July 29. 

Earlier this week, Equifax put the indict for the breach on a web server vulnerability in its Apache Struts open-source software. Howsoever, the vulnerability could have been fixed back in early Procession when patches became available. 

Equifax said Friday that groups in the United Kingdom were not affected by the breach. However, there was a group of fewer than 400,000 British consumers who had some of their bosom information compromised, though the company said that information was unacceptable to lead to identity theft. 

Equifax is offering identity protection advantages to those British consumers, similar to the program it’s offering to Americans.

Delayed Friday afternoon, the company said two executives at the Atlanta-based company were transfer. Equifax said that Susan Mauldin, who had been the top security government agent, and David Webb, the chief technology officer, are retiring from Equifax pronto. The company did not say what retirement packages the executives would receive.

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