Sep 29, 2017

09/29/2017: A consolation prize from Equifax

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(U.S. Edition) Equifax is trying to make amends for its massive data breach: consumers will get free credit freezes. But we'll take a look at whether this method is all that effective, and what a freeze can mean for your financial decisions. Afterwards, we'll talk about Twitter's role in proliferating Russian-backed ads during the 2016 presidential election, and then we'll round off the show by discussing Catalonia's referendum to secede from Spain.

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Equifax offers data breach victims credit freeze facility

Sep 29, 2017
The interim CEO of Equifax penned an apology this week in the pages of the Wall Street Journal. He apologized for the company’s data breach and extended a consolation: free credit freezes for any affected consumers. How effective are credit freezes? Click the audio player above to hear the full story. Stories You Might Like […]

The big reason Catalonia wants to secede may be economic: it's one of the richest regions in Spain

Sep 29, 2017
With a GDP of 266 billion euros, economists say Catalonia could be economically viable without Spain if it secedes in its Oct. independence referendum.
Merchandise stands have popped up all over Barcelona, selling everything from T-shirts to banners that say "Sí" for a "Yes" vote. The region is preparing for an independence referendum on Oct. 1 to secede from Spain, a move that the central government has declared illegal. 
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(U.S. Edition) Equifax is trying to make amends for its massive data breach: consumers will get free credit freezes. But we’ll take a look at whether this method is all that effective, and what a freeze can mean for your financial decisions. Afterwards, we’ll talk about Twitter’s role in proliferating Russian-backed ads during the 2016 presidential election, and then we’ll round off the show by discussing Catalonia’s referendum to secede from Spain.

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Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC