New York

Credit Firms Skip NY Hearing on Identity Theft, Data Breach

Lawmakers in New York are criticizing Equifax and two other major credit monitoring firms for refusing to attend a legislative hearing focused on protecting consumers' personal information from cyberattack.

Lawmakers hoped to use Thursday's hearing to question representatives of Equifax, TransUnion and Experian about the recent Equifax breach that exposed personal information for 143 million Americans.

Democratic Sen. David Carlucci said the companies' decision to skip the meeting was a "slap in the face" to New Yorkers.

Lawmakers at the meeting discussed the possibility of new regulations giving the state greater oversight of credit monitoring agencies.

Messages seeking comment from the companies were not immediately returned Thursday.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman opened an investigation into the Equifax breach and is seeking information from TransUnion and Experian as well.

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