“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,” Abbott said in a press release this afternoon.
Abbott cited privacy issues with True.com and their plan to selling this information.
True Beginnings, the Plano-based owner of True.com, entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2012 and is attempting to sell its assets, including personal information of clients.
“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,” stated Abbott. “And that’s exactly what our legal action asks the bankruptcy court to require before the case proceeds.”
As part of their bankruptcy, True Beginnings is asking the Court’s permission to sell their 43 million database information to an online dating service located in Canada.
Although True Beginnings told the court they were going to notify their members by email that their personal information would be sold, Abbott contends the company must obtain their customer’s individual approval first.
“During the sign-up process, True.com customers were told their personal information could not be transferred without their consent,” Abbott’s release explains.
The email True Beginnings intends to use to notify their clients “does not ask customers to first approve the transfer of their sensitive data,” but plans to have data transferred automatically “unless the customer takes direct steps to opt-out.”
“The Attorney General seeks approval for customers to be allowed to opt-in by having them express approval for the transfer of their personal information.”
Examples of information on the data base in question as shown by the Attorney General office include such information as phone numbers, passwords, browsing history, sexual orientation, and financial billing information.
The Plan bankruptcy court will hear the Attorney General’s objection on Oct. 25.