This is one of those transgressions and stupidities (like forcing staff for years to use Internet Explorer) that is so egregious and yet so fundamental to our daily life that we can’t bring ourselves to look it in the eye. 60 Minutes did an expose on this parasitical and diseased industry in 2013, but nothing significant came of it.
What we need is to find a new way of dealing with credit entirely, and not allow this failed oligopoly to continue. And really, wtf is wrong with businesses that continue to be so lax with security when so much is obviously at stake. Human bureaucracies are so prone to squalid and brutal behaviour, we‘d better speed up this A.I. development to save us from ourselves.
Although Equifax acknowledged that info for people in Canada and the UK were included in the hacked data, nothing has been done so far for us Canucks. Here’s the fantastic messaging that Equifax offers on their beautiful Canadian site:
Are you concerned you are affected by the Canadian impact of the breach against Equifax?
We are still investigating, but this is what we know now:
Only a limited number of Canadians may have been affected. We are working on finding out how many.
The breach is contained.
At this point, it seems the personal information that may have been breached includes name and address and Social Insurance Number.
We will update this information as we learn more.
What should you do?
We recommend that you remain vigilant of incidents of fraud and identity theft by reviewing account statements and monitoring your credit reports. If you believe you are the victim of identity theft, you should contact the proper law enforcement authorities, including local law enforcement.
Please be aware that the US website is set up for US social security numbers, and does not work for Canadian consumers.
We are working night and day to assess what happened.
Thanks so much.