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S. 1816 (115th): 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.

A major way that Equifax and similar companies earn profit is by collecting financial data on individuals whether or not the individuals know it, then in turns selling this information to other companies or organizations. If you want to prevent ...

Sponsor and status

Elizabeth Warren

Sponsor. Senator for Massachusetts. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Sep 14, 2017
Length: 16 pages
Sep 14, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on September 14, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.


18 Cosponsors (17 Democrats, 1 Independent)



Sep 14, 2017

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

S. 1816 (115th) was 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.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 1816. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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