This morning an unfamiliar envelope arrived. It is a letter from Equifax, confirming that some of my personal data has been hacked. The information “included” my name and date of birth, and my “landline telephone number”. The credit reference agency acquired this information, as a result of consent I had given to some third party, between 2011 and 2016. The letter confirms the hacker has had access to my personal data since May last year. A number of free services to reduce the risk of identity theft are offered, some eight months after the event. My immediate reaction is: Why does Equifax retain information about me? Where did they get it from and whom have they shared it with? How long hav

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