Under Review: 
No Review
Date Breach Made Public: 
October 10, 2012
Atlanta , GA
United States
Records Breached: 


Breach Total Number: 
17 000
Year of Breach: 
Type of organization: 
Type of breach: 

Equifax settled charges with the Federal Trade Commission after it was discovered that Equifax Information Services improperly sold lists of consumer data.  People who were late on their mortgage payments had their information sold to firms that should not have received the information and subsequently resold it to other firms.  Equifax agreed to pay nearly $1.6 million to resolve charges that it violated the FTC and Fair Credit Reporting Acts. The settlement prohibits Equifax from providing prescreened lists to unauthorized parties, having poor procedures for releasing prescreened lists, and selling prescreened lists in certain circumstances.