by Sara Shayan In 2017, Equifax suffered one of the largest data breaches in history. Attackers accessed Social Security Numbers, addresses, birthdates, credit card numbers, and other sensitive personal information relating to 143 million Americans and roughly 19,000 Canadians. Shortly after the massive breach, former Equifax CEO Richard F. Smith
by Sara Shayan Equifax, one of only two credit bureaus operating in Canada (and one of three in the United States), has been in the business of collecting, analysing, and selling consumer information for nearly 120 years. In its infancy, the Atlanta-based company helped lenders gauge the trustworthiness of borrowers
CIPPIC Director David Fewer interviews intern Sara Shayan on her research into the Equifax security breach. Sara describes Equifax’s role as a credit bureau in Canada and explores the implications of the breach for ordinary Canadians. Theme music: “Cool It” by Nctrnm, licensed under CC BY 2.0.