On February 27, 2019, during a hearing in the House of Representatives, Representative Katie Porter of California had the following exchange with the Mark Begor, the CEO of Equifax that made attorneys asserting data breach claims drool (see YouTube link).
Rep. Porter asked Begor to share his Social Security number, birth date, and address.
Begor - “I would be a bit uncomfortable doing that, Congresswoman. If you would so oblige me, I would prefer not to."
Porter - "Could I ask you why you’re not unwilling."
Begor - “Well, that’s sensitive information; I think it’s sensitive information that I’d like to protect and I think consumers should protect theirs."
Porter - "If we gave that ... if that sensitive information were provided at this public hearing what are you concerned about could happen."
Begor - "I think like every American... congresssman congresswoman my apologies... congresswoman you know I would be concerned about identity theft. I am actually a victim of identity theft, it happened 3 times in the last 10 years to me twice with my tax returns and once as a consumer of opening up fraudulent accounts in my name. Somehow they got my Social Security number, my date of birth and my address, and then changed my address and opened up an account. I think like all Americans we are concerned about that."
Porter asked "Okay my question then is. If you agree that exposing this kind of information—information like that that you have in your credit reports—creates harm, therefore you’re unwilling to share it, why are your lawyers arguing in federal court that there was no injury and no harm created by your data breach."
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