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Equifax credit agency snags TrustedID

The credit-data giant has acquired the identity protection company for a reported $30 million.

By Jul. 9, 2013

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Equifax tax forms expose worker Social Security numbers

Credit reporting bureau Equifax informs employees that some W-2 forms sent in the mail had SSNs partially or fully viewable through a window on the envelope.

By Feb. 11, 2010

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Equifax offers its first I-card

The Equifax Over 18 card is one of the first to use the open standards from the Information Card Foundation.

By Nov. 13, 2008

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FBI investigating how sensitive celebrity data landed on Web

The Social Security numbers, addresses, and telephone numbers of First Lady Michelle Obama, pop singer Beyonce, wrestler Hulk Hogan, and more are posted on a doxxing Web site.

By Mar. 12, 2013

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IRS begins e-signatures on 25 million annual forms

The agency's adoption of e-signature standards means DocuSign and others can now allow anyone filing a request for income verification to sign electronically.

By Jan. 7, 2013

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Free ways to protect against identity theft

Credit-reporting agencies, banks, and credit-card companies provide free services that help their customers detect, prevent, and recover from identity thieves.

By Mar. 6, 2013

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Congressional Privacy Caucus takes aim at data brokers

The caucus, made up of both Democrats and Republicans, has requested information from companies that collect, analyze, and sell consumer information.

By Jul. 25, 2012

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Find out (some of) what one big data broker knows about you

Leading data broker Acxiom's free AboutTheData.com service offers a glimpse of the ad-targeting information the company has collected about you. But opting out of targeted ads may not be so simple.

By Sep. 14, 2013

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Stolen passwords sold to criminals in record numbers

More passwords were traded illegally at the start of 2012 than all of 2010, as criminals buy and sell your details.

By Jul. 17, 2012

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How to respond to a data-breach notification

When a company contacts you about a potential loss of your personal data to hackers, you may be left wondering what information was stolen and the potential consequences.

By Aug. 20, 2013