Senator Al Franken (Democrat, Minn) is investigating the Epsilon data breach.  As a member of the Privacy, Technology and the Law Subcommittee, Senator Franken is investigating the security breach at marketing and management firm Epsilon that occurred earlier this month.

Epsilon has begun to contact those affected by the data breach, including University of Minnesota students.  Although Epsilon is not a household name, its clients are well-known to most consumers, such as Target, Citigroup and Verizon.   The breach notification messages notified University of Minnesota students that the Epsilon data breach exposed records of approximately 2 percent of the marketing database company’s 2,500 corporate clients.

Congress is now demanding Epsilon provide more information about the data breach.   Another subcommittee member, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., has asked Epsilon’s CEO, Bryan Kennedy, to develop a data security plan to prevent data breaches in the future.   Sen. Franken said a major problem is that many Americans don’t know where their information is stored or who’s in charge of it.  “This is one of the largest data breaches in history,” Franken said in
a written statement. “Yet most of the people affected by the Epsilon  breach had never heard of that company before.”


Have you received a breach notification letter from epsilon or one of its corporate clients?  If you have, you may be at risk for identity theft.  Contact identity theft protection lawyer Micah Adkins for a free identity theft information kit.