The massive hack of credit monitoring company Equifax could spark more regulations to protect Americans’ personal data, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggested Monday.
Sanders said the White House would look into “the best ways to make sure that Americans are protected” following Equifax’s admission as many as 143 million consumers had their personal data exposed to hackers, The Hill reported.
“I think this is something we have to look into extensively,” Sanders said of the issue, The Hill reported. “Certainly, something we have to explore the best ways to make sure that Americans are protected in that sense.”
Tom Bossert, President Donald Trump’s homeland security adviser, would be one of the people taking the lead, Marketwatch reported.
The high-tech heist has generated intense scrutiny of Equifax after the company revealed a U.S. website application vulnerability had afforded hackers access to Social Security numbers, credit card information, and other personal data for more than a month.
The company discovered the breach in late July. Mulitple congressional committees are now promising to hold hearings on the breach, The Hill reported.
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