RadioShack Hammered for Unauthorized Sale of Customer Data

RadioShack was widely condemned when it announced plans to sell tens of millions of customers’ data in bankruptcy proceedings even though it had promised not to sell or share any of that information in its privacy policy. The sale was put on hold after the Texas and Tennessee Attorneys General filed suit and the FTC requested that RadioShack restrict the use of any data sold given the “potential deceptive nature of the transfer.” The press chimed in, calling the company’s behavior “obnoxious.” The company ultimately was forced to destroy most of the data at issue and require the purchaser to comply with Radio Shack’s prior privacy promises.

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