Who Needs Equifax?

A data breach at the health insurer Anthem compromised the personal data of 80 million of the people Anthem insures.  Anthem is a health insurance company, though, not a data company, but it clearly needs to learn how to protect its data better.  Something like this should never happen again.

A data breach at the web site Ashley Madison compromised the personal data of 33 million who have interacted with the web site in one form or another.  Ashley Madison is a web site that helps married men cheat on their wives, though, not a data company, but it clearly needs to learn how to protect its data better.  Something like this should never happen again.

A data breach of Home Depot compromised the personal data of 56 million people who have done business with Home Depot.  Home Depot is a retailer, though, not a data company, but it clearly needs to learn how to protect its data better.  Something like this should never happen again.

A data breach of the company Equifax compromised the personal data of 143 million – 143 million! – people.  Equifax is a data company:  all it does it collect data and sell access to that data to others.

Equifax does one thing one thing only:  data.  And it proved incompetent with its data.

Something like this should never happen again.

But for a different reason.

Is there any reason that anyone should ever do business with Equifax again?  Data is the only thing Equifax does and it couldn’t even do that right.  Under those circumstances, is there any reason the liquidation of Equifax hasn’t already begun so the company can close its doors forever?

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