FTC Settles with Data Analytics Firm after Millions of Americans’ Mortgage Files Exposed

TechCrunch, Jan. 5, 2022–Zack Whittaker
The settlement, announced late December, orders the Texas-based firm Ascension to strengthen its security practices and ensure that its vendors also maintain proper data security safeguards. The order comes two years after a TechCrunch investigation found that OpticsML, a New York-based vendor working for Ascension, left a database of highly sensitive financial data exposed to the internet without a password.