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WASHINGTON — The credit-reporting company Equifax will pay as much as $650 million to settle state and federal investigations into an enormous data breach. 

The breach in 2017 compromised the personal information (including Social Security numbers) of 143 million Americans.

The settlement announced today requires Equifax to set up a $300 million restitution fund that could go as high as $425 million for people whose data was exposed. 

Equifax also will pay a $175 million dollar fine to the states and a 50-million dollar fine to the Consumer Financial Protection Board.  

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