RadioShack sued for mishandling customer data

A civil suit accuses RadioShack of violating Texas' 2005 Identity Theft Enforcement and Protection Act, which mandates that businesses protect consumer records.

The Texas Attorney General's office is suing RadioShack Corp. for allegedly exposing customer data. According to a civil suit filed in San Patricio County, RadioShack violated the state's 2005 Identity Theft Enforcement and Protection Act requiring businesses to protect consumer data when a store in Portland, Texas tossed thousands of records containing customer names, addresses, telephone numbers and other data in an alley trash can. The data dump reportedly occurred last month.

RadioShack "failed to safeguard the information by shredding, erasing or other means, to make it unreadable or undecipherable before disposing of its business records ...," the complaint stated.

The lawsuit seeks a permanent injunction, civil penalties and other relief, the Reuters news agency reported. The Texas law allows the attorney general's office to seek up to $50,000 per violation, the department said.

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