The Equifax data breach is, by some accounts, the most significant data breach of consumer personal information yet. Thus, it is unsurprising that media and consumer attention to this breach has been rapid and widespread.
In response to the breach, Equifax established a website that checked a user’s information against the breached data to determine whether the user was affected by the breach. Users can access the website, enter some personal data (ironically enough), and see whether their personal information was contained in the data accessed by the hackers.
The upshot of all of this is that, when the website was first published, individuals that went to check whether they were affected by the data breach were presumably waiving their right to bring lawsuits in state or federal court, or participate in class action lawsuits or arbitrations. Understandably, consumer rights advocates cried foul, and many, including New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, publicly demanded that Equifax remove the clause.