The BBC are rightly asking:
- How many UK names are in the Equifax databases?
- Has any of their information has been accessed?
- What is the company's advice?
It's situations like this that have driven the EU to bring in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
For an organisation the size of Equifax, which reported an annual revenue of around $3bn in 2016, the fine could be as high as $120m if the GDPR were enforceable today.
Last Thursday, the credit-scoring company Equifax revealed it had been the victim of what sounded like a disastrous hacking incident, with the data of 143 million US customers potentially put at risk. The company's statement also mentioned unauthorised access to "limited personal information" for some UK residents.