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Huizenga Demands Briefing from CFPB on Major Data Breach

Washington, April 19, 2023 -

Today, the Chairman of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Bill Huizenga (MI-04), released a letter he sent to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Rohit Chopra. Chairman Huizenga is demanding a staff briefing regarding a “major incident,” in which a CFPB employee made an unauthorized transfer of sensitive records. This breach potentially impacted more than 250,000 American consumers and 50 financial institutions.


Read the full letter to Director Chopra here or below:


“Dear Director Chopra:


“On March 21, 2023, your staff informed the House Committee on Financial Services about a ‘major incident’ in which an employee of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) made an unauthorized transfer of records containing personally identifiable information (PII) and confidential supervisory information (CSI) to a personal email account. Alarmingly, the transfer included 65 emails, including attachments and names and account numbers of approximately 256,000 consumers. My understanding is that the email could have possibly implicated more than 50 financial institutions. If these facts prove to be true, the effects could be widespread and injurious.


“At the time of your notification, you indicated that the investigation was ongoing. You explained that the employee is no longer employed by the agency and that the employee certified they deleted each email. However, many questions remain unanswered. To better understand the mitigation and remediation efforts, the scale of the breach, as well as efforts made to give the appropriate notifications, please provide a briefing to Committee staff as soon as possible but no later than April 25, 2023.”



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