Connolly and Democratic Vice Ranking Members Call for Bipartisan, Bicameral Investigation into the Equifax Data Breach

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Washington, October 4, 2017 | comments
Today, Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and nine other Democratic Vice Ranking Members sent a letter to House and Senate leadership urging them to pursue a bipartisan and bicameral investigation into the recent data breach at Equifax that exposed the personal information of 143 million Americans.

“It is unacceptable for Equifax, an organization entrusted with the personal and financial information of hundreds of millions of Americans, to be so negligent with its cybersecurity practices,” said Congressman Connolly. “As Vice Ranking Member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, I intend to ensure that Congress does everything in its power to determine what went wrong and hold the responsible parties accountable for this inexcusable cyber breach and severe violation of public trust.”

“The enormity of this situation demands a thorough and comprehensive review,” the members wrote. “As Vice Ranking Members and Members of Congress, it is our duty to ensure this matter is investigated and the American people receive the answers they deserve. We ask that a Congressional probe be convened to conduct an exhaustive investigation into the cause and impact of this event.”

The members go on to note that while a few congressional committees have opened investigations into these types of breaches, the American people expect and deserve a unified response from a robust and wide-ranging bicameral investigation.

The full text of the letter can be found here.
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