Richard Smith, CEO of Equifax, center, prepares to testify during a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on Tuesday. Smith will testify Thursday before the House Financial Services Committee. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Senate Judiciary Committee members voiced exasperation about holding another hearing on whether consumers’ personal information is secure as Richard Smith, the former CEO of Equifax, made his third congressional appearance in two days to explain a security breach that allowed hackers to gain access to personal data — names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and some driver’s license information — on more than 145 million consumers.
Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley of Iowa said Wednesday that it is “long past time” that Congress set standards for data security, adding that he was “committed to getting a good bill ... over the finish line.”