Attorney General Seeks to Stop Database Sale

Greg Abbot

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has objected to the sale of True.com’s 43 million member database.

Abbott voiced his concerns in the federal bankruptcy case of the dating site, saying the sale would violate the privacy of their members – 2m of whom are from Texas.

True.com is owned by True Beginnings, a Plano, Texas-based company who filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy a year ago and are looking to sell their assets.

These assets include their database, which they want to sell to a Canadian online dating service.

Abbott, who is the front runner for the Republican nomination of governor, said in 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 two 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.”

Abbott said the company should give their members the chance to object, as when they registered they were told their information would not be sold.

However True.com said that their privacy policy states that members’ information would be a transferrable asset if the company was bought.

Abbott is looking for the bankruptcy court to make True.com abide to the terms given when customers signed up to the site.

The objection will be heard on 25th October at the Plano bankruptcy court.