MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont lawmakers say they plan to hold hearings to listen to residents’ concerns about data security following the massive data breach reported by Equifax earlier this year.

The state House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development says it will hold four hearings this month around the state. The Times Argus reports the hearings are directly connected to the data breach reported by the credit reporting agency Equifax, who said 240,000 Vermont residents were affected.

State Rep. Bill Botzow, a Democrat from Bennington, says his committee worked on a consumer protection bill earlier this year, and says lawmakers are interested in hearing how residents can be better protected without impeding access to credit.

Two hearings will take place on Nov. 9, and a second pair will take place on Nov. 14.


Information from: The Times Argus, http://www.timesargus.com/