NEWS RELEASE
Office of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.


July 21, 2000 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

Curran Objects to Proposed Sale of Customer List by Toysmart.com
Bankrupt Internet Toy Company Promised Not to Sell List

Baltimore - Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that he has joined an objection filed by the Massachusetts Attorney Generalís Office and 37 other states in response to the proposed sale of the customer list of bankrupt internet toy company Toysmart.com.

The company posted a privacy policy that promised not to reveal any information about its customers. However, when Toysmart recently filed for bankruptcy, it put its customer list up for sale. The Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit to halt the planned sale of Toysmartís customer list.

"This company promised its customers that their personal information would be safe," Attorney General Curran said. "Someone has to stand up for the consumers who trusted this company and believed they would keep their promise."

The Disney Company, a major shareholder in Toysmart, has stated its intent to buy the customer list and has also promised to keep it confidential.

Toysmart, a Delaware corporation based in Waltham, MA, sold educational childrenís toys and products through its website, www.toysmart.com. The companyís website contained a policy pledging to keep its customersí personal information, including name, address, billing information and shopping preferences private. The policy also stated that Toysmart would never share that information with a third party.

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