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S. 1816: Freedom from Equifax Exploitation Act

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Your personal information may have been revealed in this year’s hack of credit rating company Equifax — 143 million consumers worldwide had some of their personal information stolen.

Should you have to pay a fee to freeze that personal info from spreading? A new bill would eliminate any such surcharge.


Credit rating company Equifax revealed in September that they’d been hacked, which could reveal personal information for up to 143 million consumers worldwide. The information could include credit cards, Social Security numbers, home addresses, birth dates, and more ...

Sponsor and status

Elizabeth Warren

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Massachusetts. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Sep 14, 2017
Length: 16 pages

Sep 14, 2017


Introduced on Sep 14, 2017

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on September 14, 2017. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.


4% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Sep 14, 2017

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S. 1816 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

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