FRANKLYWNOW - RadioShack trying to sell data of 100 million customers

RadioShack trying to sell data of 100 million customers

By CNN Wire Service.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- If you're one of the 117 million people who've shopped at RadioShack in recent years, your data is up for auction on Thursday.

This isn't a few hackers trying to cash in. It's the bankrupt electronics retailer trying to raise money to pay off creditors.

As part of its bankruptcy auction process, RadioShack is auctioning off its customer data, which includes personally identifiable information on those 117 million customers. But attorneys general of several states, including RadioShack's home state of Texas, have filed objections to the auction, saying it violates the promises RadioShack made to its customers before its bankruptcy.

The privacy policy displayed in stores and on its web site said, "At RadioShack, we respect your privacy. We do not sell our mailing list," according to the motion by Texas AG Ken Paxton.

Paxton's motion said RadioShack's attorneys have told his office that the data includes consumer names, phone numbers, mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, and in some cases purchase history.

Paxton argues that the sale of that data, even in a bankruptcy auction, constitutes a ""false, misleading, and deceptive business practice."

A spokesperson for RadioShack, which continues to operate its stores during the bankruptcy reorganization, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the customer data sale.

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