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More Than 20 States Ask Court to Keep RadioShack From Selling Customers' Personal Data

Texas's legal challenge to protect the privacy of 117 million customers is gathering support from a growing list of state consumer protection agencies
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Twenty-two states have rallied around Texas in its legal challenge to RadioShacks plan to sell personal data on 117 million customers.

Last month, RadioShack proposed to sell a list of the names, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and physical addresses of its customers, as well as information on some customers’ shopping habits, as part of an asset sale related to its bankruptcy proceedings. This was an explicit violation of the company’s own privacy policy, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton argued. In a court filing, he cited promises that RadioShack made to customers of its physical stores and its websites that it would never share or sell their data without their permission.