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Hoosiers can claim money from Equifax data breach settlement on new website

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Posted at 11:02 AM, Oct 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 11:02:28-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana residents impacted by the 2017 Equifax data breach can now file a claim online to receive compensation.

On Monday, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill announced the launch of a new website where people can file a claim before Dec. 16. Hill's office said many residents will receive an email from saying they are eligible for a payment under the terms of the agreement.

The data breach, which included Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, driver's license numbers and credit card information, compromised the personal information of approximately 147 million Americans, including 3.9 million Hoosiers.

FILE A CLAIM | State's Equifax claims website

“Millions of Indiana residents were endangered financially due to Equifax’s failure to protect the personal information it was entrusted to keep private,” Hill said in a news release. “We encourage these consumers to visit this website and claim the money they deserve. We hope this money lessens any burdens the data breach may have caused.”

Indiana was one of two states that opted to not participate in a multistate agreement with Equifax in July 2019. Hill's office filed its own lawsuit against the company and negotiated a $19.5 million settlement. The multistate agreement distributed $175 million to be shared among the states, which Hill's office said was less than Indiana received.

Most of Indiana's settlement will go toward restitution payments, but a portion will be directed toward administering the payments.

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