For several years, RadioShack has collected customers’ contact information at the checkout counter.
Now, the bankrupt company is putting that data on the auction block.
A list of RadioShack assets for sale includes more than 65 million customer names and physical addresses, and 13 million email addresses. Bloomberg reports that the asset sale may include phone numbers and information on shopping habits as well.
As if RadioShack wasn’t obnoxious enough when you had to turn over a phone number just to buy a cable splitter.
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.