Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Information on the Equifax Data Breach

September 20, 2017

Dear Constituent,

On September 7, the consumer credit reporting agency Equifax disclosed a data breach from earlier this year that compromised the personal information of 143 million Americans. All 9th District residents should take precautionary measures to ensure their financial security. 

If you believe your data may have been compromised, there are steps you can take. These include: regularly monitoring your accounts, creating additional alerts for your credit report, and placing a security freeze on your credit report, which prevents others from opening up accounts in your name without your knowledge. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFBP) published a helpful guide, which you can find here, on how to secure your identity following the Equifax data breach.

If you have any questions or are in need of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact my office at (901) 544-4131 or visit my website at

As always, I remain.
Most sincerely,
Steve Cohen
Member of Congress