"I spent last week studying the 26,000 words of privacy terms published by eBay
and Amazon, trying to extract some straight answers, and comparing them to the
privacy terms of other online marketplaces such as Kogan and Catch (my full
summary is here).
There’s bad news and good news.
The bad news is that none of the privacy terms analysed are good. Based on
their published policies, there is no major online marketplace operating in
Australia that sets a commendable standard for respecting consumers’ data
All the policies contain vague, confusing terms and give consumers no real
choice about how their data are collected, used and disclosed when they shop on
these websites. Online retailers that operate in both Australia and the
European Union give their customers in the EU better privacy terms and defaults
than us, because the EU has stronger privacy laws."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics