What is a merchant data breach?

When we contact you about a merchant data breach, it does not mean our systems were compromised. First Education has never had a data breach and if we ever do, we are required by law to contact our members.

Most often, a merchant data breach means that your card information was compromised in a breach of a merchant’s systems. While this is a major inconvenience when we have to block your credit or debit card because of the breach, your account information with us and your personal information is not at risk. An exception to this is the data breach at Equifax.