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Equi-facts: Now that Equifax is part of the mass public consciousness for failing to secure sensitive financial and personal information for about half of the adult U.S. population, soulless scammers are trying to prey on this heightened awareness by blasting out fake calls to people, asking them to verify their account information.
Law and border: Privacy advocates and civil rights organizations are suing the Department of Homeland Security, claiming that border protection officers should have a warrant before they’re allowed to search through residents’ laptops and phones.
Badvertising: After warning dozens of advertisers against using Instagram “influencers” to push their products and brands without properly disclosing that money changed hands, the Federal Trade Commission is going after celebrities.
Going up: Some long-time TransUnion customers are accusing the company of cashing in on the Equifax hack, after finding their TrueCredit monitoring service bill increased by 50% this month — just days after Equifax’s breach came to light.
Irmasurance: If your home sustained damage from Hurricane Irma, you might have to wait just to get the insurance company to look at your property to see what repairs will and won’t be covered. Why? Because there aren’t enough claims adjusters to go around right now.