Op-Ed: Equifax now trying to trick people into waiving class action lawsuit rights

Equifax seems to be backpedaling on asking consumers to give up their legal rights to sue in court either individually or as part of a group over the massive data breach of consumer personal information such as names, birth dates, and Social Security numbers, as well as drivers’ license numbers and credit card account number in some instances.

Initially, the credit bureau asked consumers to waive, i.e., sign away, their rights to file a lawsuit if they accepted a year’s worth of free security monitoring.

After an outcry, however, Equifax announced that the class-action waiver applies only to the Trusted ID Premier service rather than what it called the “cybersecurity incident.”

On a dedicated website set up to address the privacy hack, Equifax published several clarifications.

In response to consumer inquiries, we have made it clear that the arbitration clause and class action waiver included in the Equifax and TrustedID Premier terms of use does not apply to this cybersecurity incident.