eBay Security Chief Turns Web site Into Arm of the Law

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Date: Monday, August 4th, 2003, 07:17
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Politechbot and TheNation are reporting that eBay is cozy with the cops.
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Politechbot and TheNation are reporting that eBay is cozy with the cops.

Speaking at a conference this winter on Internet crime, eBay.com’s director of law enforcement and compliance, Joseph Sullivan, offered law-enforcement officials extensive access to personal customer information.

The talk, “Working with Law Enforcement,” was delivered at the CyberCrime 2003 conference in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Sullivan, who left the Justice Department to become senior counsel for rules, trust and safety at eBay last year, told the audience of law-enforcement officials and industry executives that he didn’t “know another website that has a privacy policy as flexible as eBay’s,” seemingly meaning that eBay acts particularly quickly to grant law enforcement extensive access to user information without regard to established legal procedures that protect individuals from civil rights abuses by the state.

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