October 04, 2017

Hirono Grills Disgraced Equifax CEO on Massive Data Breach

Demands New Consumer Protections Following Breach of Over 145 Million Americans’ Personal Information, Including More than 462,000 in Hawaii

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Mazie K. Hirono questioned former Equifax CEO Richard Smith on actions that Equifax could have taken to prevent the release of 145 million Americans’ personal information, including information on 462,195 Hawaii residents, and Equifax’s completely inadequate response to the massive data breach.

“The Equifax data breach will have far-reaching and long-lasting consequences for over 145 million Americans, and Mr. Smith’s refusal to recognize that these consumers have a right to know the totality of the information Equifax and other credit reporting agencies have on them is beyond the pale,” said Senator Hirono. “We will continue to hold Equifax accountable, and must explore legislative solutions to ensure that consumers’ data is protected.”

Senator Hirono and other Senate Judiciary Committee members questioned Mr. Smith and experts on data breaches in a hearing this afternoon. 

Click on the photo above to watch video from the hearing