Experian Challenged Over Massive Data Leak in Brazil

Experian may be in trouble again — this time in Brazil. ZDNet reports on "the emergence of a leak that exposed the personal data of more than 220 million citizens and companies, which is being offered for sale in the dark web." After receiving feedback from Experian over a massive data leak in Brazil, So Paulo state consumer rights foundation Procon described the company's explanations as "insufficient" and said it is likely that the incident was initiated in a corporate environment... Security firm PSafe discovered the incident, which exposed all manner of personal details, including information from Mosaic, a consumer segmentation model used by Serasa, Experian's Brazilian subsidiary. Following the emergence of the leak in January, Procon notified the credit bureau, and asked the company for a confirmation of the incident, and an explanation of the reasons that caused the leak, the steps taken to contain it, how it will repair the damage to consumers impacted and the measures taken to prevent it from happening again... Contacted by ZDNet, Serasa Experian did not answer to requests for comment on Procon's response to its feedback. The agency's demands for answers follow calls from the Brazilian Institute for Consumer Protection for urgent measures to investigate and punish those responsible for exposing the population's data, as well as improved citizen information and transparency.

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