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Equifax data breach focuses Washington's attention on security of sensitive personal information

Equifax data breach focuses Washington's attention on security of sensitive personal information

The massive data breach at credit reporting firm Equifax has put the company in the cross-hairs of congressional committees and one of the nation’s most aggressive attorneys general, while fueling a new push for stronger protections on Americans’ personal information.

Even the Trump administration, which has advocated slashing government rules, has indicated new regulations might be needed.

The revelation last week that a hack of Equifax’s computer system exposed the Social Security numbers and birth dates of as many as 143 million people also could scuttle...

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