Apple objects to RadioShack data selloff


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RadioShack’s bankruptcy proceedings have hit another interesting bump; Apple has joined the states of Texas and Tennessee in trying to prevent the liquidating company from selling off its customers’ data.

The latest complaint is just one more obstacle to RadioShack’s already checkered attempts to go out of business.

Apple made a deal with RadioShack to allow the sale of iPhones and iPads in its stores, and the objection, filed last week, says that a condition of that arrangement was that the seller would not do exactly what it is trying to do by shifting the customer records to the highest bidder.

“The Reseller Agreement between Apple and RadioShack protects information collected by RadioShack regarding purchasers of Apple products (the “Apple Customer Information”) and prohibits the proposed sale of such information,” the complaint says.

Texas and Tennessee argue that RadioShack is violating its own privacy policy by offering up this information — which includes “consumer names, phone numbers, mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, and, where allowed, activity data,” according to their filings — and seeks to prevent the retailer from offering up any of it. Apple’s complaint only includes data from those who bought its products, and it’s unknown how many of RadioShack’s reported 117 million customer files fall under this category.

A hearing is scheduled for May 20 to determine whether or not the data selloff can continue.

Via:Ars Technica


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