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Radio Shack Sued for Improperly Disposing of Corpus Christi Sales Docs/Receipts in Dumpster

3 April 2007 at 9:03:04 AM

I quit shopping at Radio Shack when they started asking me, a long time back, for my telephone number and insisted they wouldn't do business unless I supplied it. I think they have changed that now, but boy, did I find that offensive. But you'd think they'd be more careful about records that involve personal and transactional data about customers.

The lawsuit, filed in San Patricio County, came after a man found boxes of receipts and charge-card applications behind a RadioShack store outside Corpus Christi while sifting through a trash container.

Attorney General Greg Abbott accuses RadioShack of violating the Identity Theft Enforcement and Protection Act, a state law passed in 2005 that requires businesses to "maintain reasonable procedures" to safeguard personal information. The law requires any records containing personal information to be shredded, erased or made undecipherable before they are disposed.

Here's an irony.

The discarded records included a RadioShack receipt for a paper shredder purchased by a Portland woman who said she bought the device to help protect herself against identity theft. Also exposed was information from a credit card issued to the city of Portland, according the city's police chief.

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