Office of the Governor

New York State is strengthening a law requiring companies that handle consumers' personal data to notify them about any data breaches.

Tianna Manon

More than 9 million New Yorkers had their personal data exposed last year. This includes social security numbers, financial information and driver license records.

After the revelation that a cybersecurity breach at the international credit reporting agency Equifax exposed personal information of 143 million people, the company has confirmed an additional security incident with a payroll-related service in the months prior. It says the two are unrelated.


In light of the recent massive data breach at the credit reporting company Equifax, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration is taking steps to make sure that in the future, the credit agencies have better cybersecurity in place.

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Federal lawmakers are demanding answers, and protection for millions of consumers, following a large-scale data breach at the credit-rating company Equifax. Meanwhile, Governor Cuomo on Monday proposed new regulations to protect New Yorkers' personal information.

Schneiderman investigates Equifax data breach

Sep 9, 2017
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Some 8 million New Yorkers were affected by the massive cyberattack targeting the credit monitoring company Equifax.

Equifax, an international credit reporting agency, has announced that a cybersecurity breach exposed the personal information of 143 million U.S. consumers. In a statement released Thursday, the Atlanta-based agency acknowledged that "criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files."