Chicago sues Equifax over data breach

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The city of Chicago filed a lawsuit against Equifax Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court, seeking restitution for its residents after a massive breach to the credit reporting agency compromised their financial data, reports The Chicago Tribune.

According to the lawsuit, the city claims Equifax violated its consumer fraud ordinance and state laws by failing to protect sensitive data and not alerting the public quick enough.

Officials estimate 5.4 million Illinoisans were among the 143 million consumers affected by the breach, which the company discovered July 29 and notified consumers of Sept. 8. However, the city doesn't yet know how many affected consumers are Chicago residents.

A number of other lawsuits against Equifax have been filed throughout the U.S., including one in the city of San Francisco and another in Massachusetts, according to The Chicago Tribune.

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