Equifax issued a statement Friday saying that victims of a recent massive security breach won’t have to waive their right to file a class action lawsuit against the company, after people noticed language buried in Equifax’s terms of service that barred customers from doing so.
Equifax announced Thursday that it had discovered in July it was the victim of a massive hack that exposed the personal information of an estimated 143 million Americans. Social Security numbers and credit card numbers were among the information exposed.
The company offered those affected by the hack a free one-year subscription to its credit-monitoring service TrustedID Premier. Those who opt to use Equifax’s free service will be charged after a year if they do not actively cancel their subscriptions.
DO NOT SIGN UP FOR EQUIFAX'S CREDIT MONITORING "SOLUTION" TO ITS BREACH. YOU WAIVE THE RIGHT TO ENJOIN A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT.— Lauri Love (@laurilove) September 8, 2017
You know you can’t be part of the Equifax class action lawsuit if you use their credit monitoring service, because you read the ToS, right?— Johnny Xmas (@J0hnnyXm4s) September 8, 2017
Don't sign up for the credit monitoring from Equifax. If you do you are agreeing to NOT join a class action lawsuit! Spread the word. pic.twitter.com/H4KJJw4h8Z— Kevin Nether (@TechNinjaSpeaks) September 9, 2017
Later Friday, Schneiderman said he was launching a formal investigation into Equifax’s security breach and encouraged all of Equifax’s customers to reach out to the company to see if they were affected.
So far, two class action lawsuits against Equifax have been proposed, alleging that the credit monitoring company was negligent in protecting its customers’ private information and should have spent more money protecting the data against cyberattacks.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.