Dem senator presses FTC to ramp up Equifax hack probe

Dem senator presses FTC to ramp up Equifax hack probe
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Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharDem senators introduce bill to ban controversial voter purges Democrats protest Trump's immigration policy from Senate floor The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — GOP lawmakers race to find an immigration fix MORE (D-Minn.) is urging the Federal Trade Commission to pour more resources into its probe of the Equifax data breach after reports that another agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), is freezing its own investigation.

Reuters reported on Sunday that Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyMulvaney aims to cement CFPB legacy by ensuring successor's confirmation On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump floats tariffs on European cars | Nikki Haley slams UN report on US poverty | Will tax law help GOP? It's a mystery Democrat says he recommended Trump's budget director for his job MORE, the CFPB’s acting director, has been dialing back the agency’s questioning of Equifax officials and has not sought any subpoenas or sworn testimony.

“In light of this concerning development, I urge the FTC to consider increasing the resources and manpower dedicated to its own investigation of the Equifax breach announced in September 2017,” Klobuchar wrote to the two sitting FTC commissioners.

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“The FTC is well-positioned to investigate this matter and its effect on consumers and Director Mulvaney’s actions suggest that FTC may be the only independent federal agency left undertaking a thorough civil investigation.”

The FTC did not immediately respond when asked for comment.

The Equifax breach exposed sensitive personal information on more than 145 million people, including Social Security numbers and addresses. The FTC, Justice Department and CFPB all launched investigations into the breach, and the credit bureau’s former CEO testified in front of several congressional committees.

“A full and fair FTC investigation now appears to be the only way that we will determine the steps needed to prevent similar attacks in the future,” Klobuchar wrote.