Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has announced her intent to sue Equifax Inc. over the security breach
that exposed confidential personal data.
Healey noted that nearly three million Massachusetts residents may have been impacted by the breach, which Equifax reported last week
. She added that her office will allege in its lawsuit that Equifax did not maintain the appropriate safeguards to protect consumer data in violation of Massachusetts consumer protection and data privacy laws and regulations.
“In all of our years investigating data breaches, this may be the most brazen failure to protect consumer data we have ever seen,” said Healey. “My office is acting as quickly as possible to hold Equifax accountable for the risks that millions of consumers now face.”
In most circumstances, the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act requires the AG’s Office to send a five-day notice to companies it intends to sue. The AG’s Office sent such a letter to Equifax today.