The policy, posted on the site last month,told users that it was intended to be the lastword on EBay’s practices, despite what the company mightsay on other parts of the site.
Flurry of Complaints
“It’s bad enough that the lack of real privacystandards put the burden on users to figure out whattheir privacy exposure is at each site,” DavidMartin, principal investigator of the PrivacyFoundation, told the E-Commerce Times.
“EBay’s proposed change was tantamount to saying that theycouldn’t keep their message consistent within theircompany, and turning it into the user’s responsibilityto know which statement was authoritative.”
The Final Word
Despite the softer language, EBay noted that it stands by itsprevious statement that the full policy is the lastword on the subject of privacy.
“To me,” Privacy Foundation’s Martin said, “this sounds more like an attempt to defendthemselves against potential in-house sloppiness than an attempt to mislead users.”
“But I’m glad they backed off on the change.”