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Former Equifax CEO Richard Smith came under harsh questioning Wednesday at a hearing of the Senate Banking Committee, the second of three congressional hearings on Equifax being held this week. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Senator To Ex-CEO: Equifax Can't Be Trusted With Americans' Personal Data

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"At this critical juncture, I believe it is in the best interests of the company to have new leadership to move the company forward," said Equifax Chairman and CEO Richard F. Smith. Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, who plans to sue Equifax, called the breach "the most brazen failure to protect consumer data we have ever seen." bernie_photo/iStock hide caption

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After Equifax Hack, Consumers Are On Their Own. Here Are 6 Tips To Protect Your Data

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It's already difficult to create distance from the technology that surrounds us, but as connectivity increases, it might become impossible to do so. Aleksandar Nakic/Getty Images hide caption

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The iconic clock tower and library at University of California, Berkeley. The University of California system, especially Berkeley, has a stormy history around free speech and spying by the federal government. John Morgan/Flickr hide caption

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At Calif. Campuses, A Test For Free Speech, Privacy And Cybersecurity

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The Echo, a digital assistant that can be set up in a home or office, vaulted into the top 10 of Amazon's best-selling electronics this year. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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How Did We Do On 2015 Tech Predictions? 'Still Waiting'

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The 2014 Tech Trends We'll Still Be Talking About Next Year

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James Franco (left) and Seth Rogen, stars of The Interview, arrive for the film's Los Angeles premiere on Dec. 11. The comedy about a CIA plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was pulled from theaters after a cyberattack on Sony Pictures, the studio behind the film. The FBI said the attack was traced to the North Korean government. Jim Ruymen/UPI/Landov hide caption

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