2017 Equifax Security Breach
2020 EQUIFAX SETTLEMENT
The Equifax data breach occurred from May 2017 to July 2017 and impacted approximately 147 million Americans, including roughly 3.9 million Indiana residents. The breach compromised Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers and credit card information. The Office of the Indiana Attorney General sued Equifax following the data breach and secured a settlement with the company, which agreed to pay the state of Indiana $19.5 million.
Indiana was one of two states that opted not to participate in a multistate settlement with Equifax in July 2019. Instead, the Office of the Indiana Attorney General opted to file its own lawsuit against the company. As a result, Indiana received more money than any of the states that participated in the multistate settlement, which distributed $175 million among the participating states.