Mike Toomey Texas Political News: Attorney General Seeks to Stop Sale of Online Private Customer Information
Due to privacy concerns, Attorney General Greg Abbott made a recent objection in federal bankruptcy court regarding the sale of online dating website True.com’s 43 million-member database. The web site is owned by True Beginnings, which is from Plano Texas. True Beginnings filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy and is in the middle of selling its assets. Regarding this case, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has issued a statement.
“At a time when privacy is an issue of grave concern to so many, we are taking legal action to prevent an online dating service from selling more than 2 million Texans’ personal information without their consent. The proper course is for True.com and its bankruptcy trustee to seek the customers’ permission before selling their private information to a third party – and that’s exactly what our legal action asks the bankruptcy court to require before the case proceeds.”
True Beginnings was looking for permission from bankruptcy court to sell the membership database and all information provided by True.com’s customers to a online dating service in Canada. In the court filing, which objects to the membership database sale, Greg Abbott argues that the bankruptcy trustee must first give True.com’s members an opportunity to object to the sale of their personal information. True Beginnings has stated that they do intend to notify members via email that their personal information is being transferred to another dating website.
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