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Despite promises to the contrary, American retailer RadioShack is trying to auction off the personal data of million of customers as part of its ongoing bankruptcy.
The attorneys general for both Texas and Tennessee are challenging the sale, citing violations of state law that may prohibit the withering electronics empire from transferring the personal identifying information (PII) of its customers to another entity.
According to a RadioShack intermediary, the data for sale includes 13 million email addresses and 65 million customer names and physical addresses. Texas and Tennessee’s legal challenges, however, refer to the sale of data for 117 million customers and suggests that the cache may also contain customers’ purchase histories.
RadioShack’s physical stores also made similar claims about not selling customer information, according to the suit.
Texas and Tennessee aren’t the only parties interfering with RadioShack’s sale. AT&T has entered the fray as well, suggesting that RadioShack isn’t entitled to auction off information collected through its mobile-phone-selling arrangement. AT&T has a pretty good reason for wanting customer data destroyed: Standard General, RadioShack’s largest shareholder and the apparent winner of its bankruptcy auction, may have plans to convert some of its newly acquired retail locations into co-branded Sprint stores.
RadioShack’s fate is still unknown. Standard General may acquire as many as 1,700 store leases and $129.8 million in inventory after winning a bidding war for the company’s assets. However, a bankruptcy court has yet to approve the deal, and the legal challenge over RadioShack’s customer data presents yet another hurdle.
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Dell Cameron was a reporter at the Daily Dot who covered security and politics. In 2015, he revealed the existence of an American hacker on the U.S. government's terrorist watchlist. He is a co-author of the Sabu Files, an award-nominated investigation into the FBI's use of cyber-informants. He became a staff writer at Gizmodo in 2017.