Target: Mr. Ken Paxton, Attorney General of Texas
Goal: Don’t allow RadioShack to sell customer data to the highest bidder.
Bankrupt electronics retailer RadioShack is attempting to sell the personal information of millions of people at auction. This information includes the phone numbers, names, and physical addresses of over 60 million people. This sale would be less shocking and angering if the personal information were given freely, but in many RadioShack stores, it was required to make a purchase. The sale would also be less infuriating if it didn’t go against the store’s own policies regarding customer privacy and information.
Anyone who went to a RadioShack store (when they were still in business) can tell you that at checkout, the cashier would ask for your name, address, and phone number. They claimed that this was for marketing and easy resolution in the event something needed to be returned, but now it has become nothing but a quick buck for the remaining shareholders of the company. It is clear that their appreciation of their customers stopped when they stopped making money from them.
The millions of RadioShack customers, whose information is being sold, are not without hope as there is more than a little resistance to the sale. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has said that the store is not allowed to go against the policies advertised in its retail locations, which read: “We pride ourselves on not selling our private mailing list.” The argument is that this claim gave people a false sense of security that tricked them into disclosing their personal details.
This bankrupt company cannot be allowed to sell off people’s information like any of their other assets. These people’s lives could be drastically changed by a group of greedy shareholders trying to get every last penny from a failed business. Please sign here to show them that people are more important than profits and that the sale of personal information without an individual’s consent is completely unacceptable.
Dear Attorney General Paxton,
It has come to my attention that you recently spoke out against RadioShack’s attempt to sell the personal information of its customers. The bankrupt company reportedly has over 60 million people’s private phone numbers, physical addresses, names, and email addresses. The sale of these things would be an extreme breach of privacy and I am writing to ask that you make sure it does not happen.
RadioShack is guilty of lulling people into a false sense of security with its claims and marketing about the importance of customer privacy and cannot be allowed to make this sale. What’s worse, is that often this information was not even voluntarily given, but required of people wishing to purchase electronics in the store. Please ensure that this sale does not take place and do your best to protect the privacy of millions of citizens.
[Your Name Here]
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