2 Alaskans sue Equifax over massive data breach

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – Two Alaska residents have joined a class action lawsuit against Equifax after learning they were among the more than 143 million Americans affected by the company’s recent colossal data breach.

Terry Mead and Sean Adcock were named as plaintiffs in a near 40-page complaint against the major credit bureau dated Sept. 28. They are being represented by Anchorage attorney Lee Holen, one of four law firms across the country currently involved in the litigation.

When asked by Channel 2 for an interview, Holen referred questions to Sanford Heisler Sharp LLP, one of the other firms working on the lawsuit.

“I just became involved in the case and really don’t have much information,” Holen said in an email.

The complaint accuses Equifax of inadequate data security practices, resulting in “a long history of breaches. It also faults the company for taking more than a month to notify the public after the breach was first discovered.

“The data breach was the inevitable result of [Equifax’s] inadequate approach to data security and the protection of the Personal Identifying Information that they collected during the course of their business,” the complaint reads.

Mead, a longtime resident of Sitka, said she first learned about the Equifax data breach on the news. After checking online, she discovered she was among the millions of consumers whose personal information had been impacted. She did everything she could to secure her finances, but the experience still left her feeling vulnerable, so she decided to pursue legal help.

“I noticed a lot of state attorney generals were filing things but nothing was happening in Alaska so I thought people in Alaska need to have some way to protect themselves against future loss from this company,” Mead told Channel 2 in a phone interview.

The lawsuit seeks, among other things, a permanent injunction against Equifax, a full review of its data security procedures and restitution to the many people affected by the data breach.

Assistant Attorney General Cindy Franklin with Alaska Consumer Protection declined to discuss the case further, saying they are strictly confidential. She added that her office is taking calls and comments from Alaskans who may have been affected by the Equifax breach. That number is (907) 269-5200.

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