KS Attorney General asking credit bureaus to halt fees for consumers impacted by Equifax breach

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Kansas Attorney General is asking two of the largest consumer reporting agencies to stop charging customers who want to freeze their accounts in light of the Equifax data breach.

In a letter to Experian and TransUnion, Derek Schmidt, along with 35 other Attorneys General, urged the agencies to stop charging fees for security freezes and for lifting freezes on customers accounts. A data freeze prohibits access to a consumer's credit report without express, case-by-case permission from the consumer, thus making it difficult for identity thieves and others to open unauthorized credit in the consumer's name.

Last month, Schmidt also sent a letter to Equifax, urging the company to reconsider some of their current practices in response to the breach.