Experian Operation Headquarters
Experian Operation Headquarters, Landmark House Photo Credit: Martine Hamilton Knight / Wikimedia (CC CC0 Public Domain)

Experian, one of the major credit bureaus, “discovered that an unauthorized party accessed certain Experian servers….Information you provided when you applied for an account at T-Mobile likely was acquired. That information includes your name, address, social security number, date of birth, identification number (such as driver’s license, military ID, or passport number) and additional information used in T-Mobile’s own credit assessment….. Experian has..taken additional security steps to help prevent future incidents.”

“What We Are Doing to Protect You”

“To help protect your identity, we are offering a complimentary two-year membership in ProtectMy ID Elite credit monitoring and identity theft resolution services.”

In other words, Experian, which lost people’s confidential data, would like you to give them confidential data so they can “protect” you in the future. And, of course, once the “complimentary” membership is up, they would like to charge you for the peace of mind.

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  • Russ Baker is Editor-in-Chief of WhoWhatWhy. He is an award-winning investigative journalist who specializes in exploring power dynamics behind major events.