Attorney General Curtis Hill announced today the launch of IndianaEquifaxClaims.com, a website where nearly 4 million Hoosiers who were harmed by the 2017 Equifax data breach may go to securely file a claim for a restitution payment.
Attorney General Hill sued Equifax, one of the world’s largest credit-reporting bureaus, following its massive data breach, which occurred from May 2017 to July 2017. The breach compromised the personal information of approximately 147 million Americans, including roughly 3.9 million Indiana residents. Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, driver’s license numbers and credit card information were compromised.
“Millions of Indiana residents were endangered financially due to Equifax’s failure to protect the personal information it was entrusted to keep private,” Attorney General Hill said. “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 not to participate in a multistate settlement with Equifax in July 2019. Instead, the Office of the Attorney General chose to file its own lawsuit against the company and, ultimately, negotiate its own settlement.
As part of Indiana’s settlement, Equifax agreed to pay the state $19.5 million. Indiana received more money than the states that participated in the multistate settlement, which distributed $175 million to be shared among participating states.
Nearly all of Indiana’s settlement has been directed toward restitution payments to affected consumers. A portion of the settlement will go toward administering the payments.