Texas AG Greg Abbott Secures Deal for True.com Members

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has secured the privacy of True.com’s members.

True Beginnings, the company that owns the site, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy a year ago and was planning to sell its assets, including its 43 million member database.

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

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.

True.com has to respect the privacy protections passed by the court, such as to explicitly state in the privacy policy section how members’ information is handled and to obtain their consent to transfer their information to a third-party buyer.

The website is also obliged to comply with the Texas Internet Dating Safety Act, by informing its members if they conduct criminal background checks.

True Beginnings has to either conduct criminal background checks according to the definitions of Texas law, or clearly state in the website that it does not conduct such checks.

Finally, the company has to provide official statements to the Attorney General, demonstrating the actions taken to assure full compliance with this settlement.