Updated October 18, 2017
Equifax Inc. has been providing regular updates about its privacy breach to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner.
Equifax has determined that personal information of approximately 8,000 Canadian consumers was impacted.
On October 13, 2017, Equifax Canada began notifying all affected Canadians directly by mail. The company is offering affected individuals free credit monitoring and identity theft protection for 12 months.
Our office continues to monitor the steps being taken to respond to this breach. Under Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act organizations must report certain breaches to our office and the Commissioner has the power to require organizations to notify affected individuals when a real risk of significant harm is identified.
While Equifax carries out its notification to the Canadians affected by this breach, there are some important points to consider:
Also consider these useful reminders regarding suspicious financial activities or potential identity fraud:
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