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Senators Want Answers from CFPB on Equifax Probe
Monday, February 12, 2018 6:45 AM

A group of 31 Democrat and Independent U.S. senators are calling on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to provide information as to why the Bureau has halted its inquiry into the Equifax data breach that potentially exposed the personal information of 145.5 million customers.

According to a report in Reuters, the group of senators sent a letter to acting CFPB director Mick Mulvaney after reports emerged that the CFPB is pulling away from its investigation into how Equifax was hacked. That news resulted in a large amount of criticism from Democrats as well as consumer advocacy groups, who requested that the Bureau restart a full inquiry into the breach.

In the letter, the senators said they want Mulvaney and Leandra English, the CFPB’s deputy director, to provide information about the inquiry, including whether it has issued any subpoenas or interviewed anyone at Equifax. A spokesman for the CFPB confirmed receipt of the letter.

According to the previous Reuters report, three sources say Mulvaney has neither ordered subpoenas against Equifax nor sought sworn testimony from executives. The CFPB has also reportedly shelved plans for on-the-ground tests of how Equifax protects data, and also recently rebuffed bank regulators at the Federal Reserve, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency when they offered to help with on-site exams of credit bureaus.