RadioShack is no more and they went out with more of a fizzle than a bang. Now they’re trying to scrape up as much money as they possible can. The Shack has asked a bankruptcy court to OK a second batch of auctions to sell of its assets, which includes customer data.
PC World reports sensitive customer data could be up on the auction block for anyone to grab. At first they stated 117 million individual customers would be losing some data to whoever wrote the check. That number was later dropped down to 67 million however, because RadioShack wasn’t fooling anyone the first time.
Of course, there are a lot of people that don’t want this to happen; namely Texas. The state of Texas is attempting to block the sale siting RadioShack’s own in-store privacy policies as the reason. When the store was in business they protected customer data like everyone else, but now they don’t seem to really care much.
Texas is asking the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware to force RadioShack to disclose exactly what data they are trying to sell and the exact number of people that would be effected. You have to hand it to Texas though; they’re not just fighting for Texas, they’re fighting for America. Cue the fighter jets.
This isn’t the first time RadioShack wanted to sell this information either. The personal data was on the block during the first auction but the former retailer withdrew the data from the auction for whatever reason. It’s safe to say that if anyone thought they had a change of heart based on a moral choice; those people were incorrect.