1.9 million Kentuckians affected by $700M Equifax data breach settlement

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(AP/WYMT) - Equifax will pay up to $700 million to settle with the Federal Trade Commission and others over a 2017 data breach that exposed Social Security numbers and other private information of nearly 150 million people.

Attorney General Andy Beshear made the announcement Monday.

“Our top priority was to make sure the nearly 1.9 million Kentuckians who had their personal data exposed in this breach have access to the Consumer Restitution Fund and extended credit monitoring services,” Beshear said. “We have also made sure that Equifax takes proper responsibility for their actions by implementing stronger data security procedures.”

Equifax also agreed to pay the states $175 million, including an agreement to send nearly $1.4 million to Kentucky’s general fund.

You can read more about the settlement here.

If you believe you are one of the Kentuckians affected by this, click here for more information.

Earlier this month, Beshear said he was sending more than $50,000 to the state’s general fund after a multi-state settlement with Premera Blue Cross. That settlement was over its alleged failure to secure the sensitive data of nearly 38,000 Kentuckians.

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