If you were one of the 147 million people whose data was disclosed in 201
Participation in the agreement is not easy. First, it must be approved in court. Only then can you file a lawsuit. Below are tools and links to help you understand your next steps and possible actions.
The breach in question resulted in hacker social security numbers, addresses, credit card and driver's license information, birth dates and other data stealing personal information stored on Equifax servers. As part of its investigation, the FTC claimed that the credit bureau had not taken adequate steps to secure its network.
The exact amount that Equifax will pay out is undetermined. The proposed settlement will start with a $ 300 million fund to compensate the affected consumers who have purchased credit monitoring services. Equifax will also pay $ 175 million to federal states and districts – and $ 100 million to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (BFS) in civil sanctions.
If the $ 300 million initial infusion does not adequately compensate consumers, Equifax has agreed to add $ 125 million more to the fund, representing a potential total settlement of $ 700 million, according to the FTC. If you are a beneficiary, your share of billing may include free credit monitoring and identity theft prevention services. You may also be eligible for cash payments to cover the costs of violations (such as attorney's fees and credit monitoring). You can help free for identity theft and free credit reports for 10 years.
To participate in the agreement.
Preparing Your Claim
Once the court agrees to the agreement, you can file a lawsuit to hijack the money lost through the far-reaching arrangements. To prepare for filing a claim:
Find out if you were affected by the violation.
If you want to verify that your data has been disclosed, the FTC will have a website with a tool after you approve the comparison. You can use it to verify that you were involved in the security breach. You can sign up for an FTC email update to see when the website and tool are active.
Settlement of Settlement Payments
The proposed agreement provides for $ 20,000 of disbursements per person to cover the expenses you have incurred to remedy the breach. Here are the costs and expenses that you can possibly reimburse.
- Costs related to unauthorized charges on your accounts
- Costs for freezing a credit report and credit monitoring
- Fees for accountants, lawyers and other professionals
- Cost of postage, mileage, notary and other services  Costs of Equifax credit monitoring and other services for one year prior to the breach.
Equifax will also serve all US consumers by 2020, whether or not part of the billing, with six additional free credit reports per year for seven years from its website.
This is the information that we currently know, with many details still to be discussed. We hope FTC and Equifax have much more in common when opening the claim window. We will update this story if they do. In the meanwhile, if you are not sure if you are affected by the Equifax injury, do the following.