Equifax won’t bar consumers from joining lawsuits related to breach
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Equifax announced on Friday it will not stop consumers from moving to join a class action lawsuit against the company, which suffered a severe breach on Thursday when hackers gained action to personal information belonging to 143 million people. 

The firm's was forced to clarify its terms of service after it faced backlash when it appeared that in order to receive credit protection, consumers affected by the breach would have to give up their right to join a lawsuit over the hack. 

"By consenting to submit Your Claims to arbitration, You will be forfeiting Your right to bring or participate in any class action (whether as a named plaintiff or a class member) or to share in any class action awards, including class claims where a class has not yet been certified, even if the facts and circumstances upon which the Claims are based already occurred or existed," the firm's forced arbitration clause reads.

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Equifax clarified its forced arbitration clause on its website. 

"The arbitration clause and class action wavier [sic] included in the TrustedID Premier Terms of Use applies to the free credit file monitoring and identity theft protection products, and not the cybersecurity incident," the firm said on its website, as first reported by TechCrunch. 

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, one of several officials who has announced an investigation into the breach, said the requirement was “unacceptable and unenforceable." 

The firm announced that hackers accessed data from May to July, and that roughly 209,000 people had their credit card numbers exposed in the breach.

The FBI announced on Friday that it was tracking the breach.