After receiving a letter from David Vladeck, the Director of the Bureau of Consumer Affairs at the Federal Trade Commission, a bankruptcy judge allowed the destruction of personal information of gay teens who subscribed to the now defunct XY magazine.
After the magazine and its companion Web site folded, founder Peter Ian Cummings filed for personal bankruptcy. He listed editorial content from the publications and personal information from subscribers and users – including e-mail addresses, names and street addresses, personal photos, and online profiles – as part of his assets.
In response, Michael Kaplan, the U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of New Jersey set a 14 day timeline for the destruction of the data and ordered that Cummings destroy all personally identifiable information “by shredding, erasing, or otherwise modifying the personally identifiable information…to make [it] unreadable, undecipherable or nonreconstructable.”
Cummings must then certify with the court within five days that the data was destroyed.
To read the bankruptcy court’s order, click here.