by Countable | 10.4.17
Good Wednesday morning, friends, from all of Countable and from me, Andrea Seabrook, Managing Editor. Big, important stories to watch and talk to your Reps about today:
Now. Remember Equifax? One of the big 3 credit-rating agencies? The one that was hacked so badly this year, it let the personal information of more than **one hundred million people ** flow like a fire hose into the dark recesses of the 'net?
Yeah, well the government just awarded Equifax a multi-million dollar contract to do work for the IRS.
Um, I'm not even sure what to say about this one, folks. Except that the contract was awarded without a bidding process, and will give Equifax access to even more sensitive personal data about Americans, only now it's information the government collects about us.
Now, to be fair, the IRS told Politico "...the IRS believes the service Equifax provided does not pose a risk to IRS data or systems..." Here's the contract notice, in case you're interested. (The IRS official listed as the "primary point of contact" is going to have a fun day.) The Equifax breach was so bad, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce committee, Greg Walden (R-OR), said,
Have a great day, folks. Take care of yourselves. It's been a doozy of a week — and it's only Wednesday.
— Andrea Seabrook, Managing Editor
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Giving Equifax a multi-million dollar government contract following their egregious security breach is a slap in the face to every American who had their personal data compromised. They should be held accountable, not rewarded, for their colossal screwup.
Net Neutrality MUST be preserved in the interests of freedom and Democracy. Also, Equifax lands a government contact to provide services to the IRS? What a reward for what they did to millions of Americans.
What the hell IRS! Stop the politics and protect our info! They f*cked up and you reward them?! Your credibility has now been shot down just like Equifax.
To the degree possible, this contract must be rescinded. Equifax had one main job to do- safeguard NPI- and they failed. They declined to take action in full knowledge of breach risks and then failed to communicate the preventable breach in a timely manner. FAIL. They have proven themselves unworthy of public trust. Additionally, are there no bidding and vetting processes for government contracts that encompass such enormous scopes of work?
Why in the world is Equifax being let anywhere near our IRS information? This seems like a recipe for disaster and should be stopped. We also need to make sure that government contracts are handled properly including following the bidding process before awarding them.
Seriously? All of this should be a joke and it's horrifying that it's not. No to banning abortions (stop tells by women what they can and can't do with their bodies!). No to and end to net neutrality. And a hell no to letting Equifax be anywhere near any more of our personal information!!!
Preserve net neutrality!
Please look into Equifax being awarded a contract with the IRS! This seems to be a terrible way to hold them accountable for the recent breach
Equifax does not deserve a government contract!!!! They did a poor job of protecting the data of the average American!!! Now, we are giving them access to the most sensitive personal information!!! Most people would be called on the carpet or fired for doing a poor job!! The government is misusing our money!! The people responsible for this stupidity should be fired!!
Why award anything to Equifax? They have breached security putting us all at risk
Really.? Equifax...? Speechless really.
I think this is ludicrous! Something here looks really shady!
EQUIFAX was awarded a 7Billion contract with the IRS! Are you kidding me!?! My identity was stolen last month; I know have to keep my credit locked - FOREVER due to the negligence of EQUIFAX!
Really!!!??? The IRS hires Equifax??? The same company that exposed 150 million people's data to hackers!!! WTF!!!???
Well let see if AT&T lobbyists have paid enough or not to strike down Net Neutrality. It should remain, AT&T is already making millions off tower leasing, fiber leasing.
Equitax gets a contrac with the irs?? Are you kidding me?!
Regarding the government contract with Equifax. Cancel it!!! As I understand it, it has not been implemented. I understand the government must not undo contracts. However, this company has perpetuated a tremendous fraud by not making public its breeches for months. We can NOT give this company any more data. Thank you.
Time to rethink identity and money all together. Can I opt out? This is the part we're I wake up and realize it was all a horrible dream, with clowns and an orange headed monster. Where weed was illegal but heroin comes from the corner pharmacy. Are corporations people? Is Equifax equal and factual?
On gun control just remember we have good laws in effect but our mental health care is lacking.
Equifax has no business working with the IRS!!!