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Bankrupt RadioShack Could Cash in on Customers' Personal Data

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RadioShack is selling off the names, email addresses, and physical addresses of millions of customers as a part of the its bankruptcy filings, The Verge reports. The exact number of customers affected could range from 65 million to 117 million.

Obviously, the legal challenges are rolling in, specifically from states like Texas, Tennessee, and New York, which could ultimately block the sale of customer data. According to Business Insider, RadioShack made an explicit agreement with customers not to sell their personal data. As of March 2015, the retailer's privacy policy promised, "We will not sell or rent your personally identifiable information to anyone at any time." As PC World's Jared Newman writes: "Now, the store’s trying to go back on its promise to keep that data to itself. It’s one more reason to treat these contact information requests with caution, since you can never be sure where the data will end up."