Congressman Greg Walden

Representing the 2nd District of Oregon

Greg Walden presses former Equifax CEO: “How does this happen when so much is at stake?”

October 3, 2017
Press Release

Greg Walden presses former Equifax CEO: “How does this happen when so much is at stake?”

Calls for answers to massive data breach that compromised personal data of over 1.7 million Oregonians

Click here or on the image above to view Walden’s remarks from today’s hearing

WASHINGTON, DC – The Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River), today held a hearing to get answers for consumers on the Equifax data breach. Walden pressed former Equifax Chairman and CEO Richard Smith on the unprecedented cybersecurity hack that compromised the personal information of over 145 million Americans, including over 1.7 million Oregonians.

“We are here today to do what it appears Equifax failed to do over the last several months: put consumers first. Our job is to get answers for the more than 145 million Americans who have had their personal information compromised and now fear that they could be victims of fraud at any time,” stated Chairman Greg Walden. “How could a major U.S. company like Equifax, which holds the most sensitive and personal data on Americans, so let them down? It’s like the guards at Fort Knox forgot to lock the doors and failed to notice thieves emptying the vaults. The American people deserve to know what went wrong.”

Click here or on the image above to view Walden's questioning of Mr. Smith

In his opening statement, Mr. Smith told Walden, “Let me say clearly: As CEO I was ultimately responsible for what happened on my watch. Equifax was entrusted with Americans’ private data and we let them down.”

For more information on today’s hearing, including a background memo, witness testimony, and full webcast, please click HERE.