News Reports: Equifax Will Pay $700 Million for 2017 Data Breach

USAFRet

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"more than 143 million Americans "
"a settlement with state and federal regulators ..... between $650 million and $700 million"
"most of the settlement would go to people affected by the data breach "

COOL!
We get tree fiddy each!

That's not worth my time to deposit the check in the bank.


How about a real fix. As in...what are these companies doing with all this personal data?
 
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bit_user

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These guys are data brokers, plain and simple. Like all other data brokers, they should be subject to strict regulation about what information they can collect, maintain, how it can be used, and how people can see and contest the data collected on them.

It won't happen, though. If we could ever fix campaign finance reform, I doubt such regulation would prove so intractable.
 

USAFRet

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Exactly.
"143 million Americans"
This does not count kids and non-working spouses, with no 'credit report'.
However, those people are attached to someone with data held by equifax.

So, basically every single person in this country.

Tens of billions, and some actual jail time.
This is not the first breach like this. They are apparently not learning.

Or rather...they are learning. Learning that there are no real consequences.
 
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AllanGH

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In fact.....I've been thinking about this sort of thing for quite a number of years, now:

Let's say that you have committed one of the more extreme moving violations in California, and it's your first offense...
VC 22348B - Speeding Over 100 MPH Prohibited, first offense = $500.00 fine

That's BEFORE court costs, and various other financial penalties are added to the base fine, mind you; and, for some of the lower-order violations, the base fine is the least of your worries (according to some sources, a $35.00 base fine can result in a final assessment against you of $380.00). But, let's focus on the base fine, for the time being, while keeping in mind that it's a LOT worse at the cashier's window.

So, the median income for a full-time worker, in the United States, is $43,317.00 per year, and we'll say that's what you make.

That means that the $500.00 fine would be 1.1542812291% of your income for the year; and that hurts.

Now, the guy who makes $500,000.00 won't even miss the 1/1000th of his income for the same offense; so, why aren't we fining the guy who makes $500,000.00 per year the same percentage of HIS income?

Losing $5,771.41 has the same proportionate impact upon that person's finances and, thus, carries a similar disuassive affect on his future behaviour. $8,657.12 for the second offense, and $11,542.81 for the third....OUCH!

How about the person who drags-down several million dollars per year?

IMHO, it has long been my opinion that we should be requiring people to appear in court with a copy of their most recent 1040 filing, to have their fines assessed in a manner that impacts every infractor in the same manner. I bet you'd see a lot less "A-hole" driving out of the BMWs, Mercedes', and Jags on the road, if we did.

Move this idea into the realm of corporate criminality. Compile a schedule of fines which are percentages of GROSS corporate revenues, and hammer the ish out of corporate criminals with financial penalties that ACTUALLY HURT them.

I'd be willing to put money on corporations "suddenly" growing a conscience, and regulating their behaviour, instead of treating fines as merely a 'cost of doing business'; and it's long past the time when we should have started doing this.

Anyway....I'm going to shut-up, now.
 

AllanGH

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And, yet, equal dollars assessed result in disparate impact--usually in favor of the obscenely rich.

Unfortunately, such people are so well-placed that I'm probably chasing rainbows. It's likely a near-impossibility to get well-reasoned legislation passed that will improve life for everyone.
 

TCA_ChinChin

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If CEOs and management get all the credit and bonuses for doing well, they alone are responsible for the downfalls as well. CEOs and management need to take responsibility and personally take the fine numbers. 690 Million being payed by Equifax just means the 690 million dollars worth of employee benefits, full time jobs, and incentives are cut for your average Equifax worker while the upper crust walks off with a 100 million dollar retirement bonus and finds easy management jobs at another irresponsible fortune 500 company.
 

AllanGH

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Which is a good argument for setting aside the prima facie presumption of "good faith", and holding the principal officers criminally liable for the corporate conduct, and assess fines and prison time accordingly--up to and including the seizure of personal assets and real property.
 

4745454b

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I'm more annoyed at the low 700M. Considering all those compromised SSNs, what is <$5 per person going to do? How does that get us our peace of mind back? This breach ruined all of our credit. You now have to monitor it forever because someone has your info. Only a wipe with new numbers will change it back. Sub $5 per person? Nothing but a joke settlement.
 

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