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More specifically, the privacy group objects to language in a new section entitled "Conflict of Terms" near the end of the policy.
of "providing a misleadingly rosy picture" of the company's practices in other, more prominent places on the site, while explicitly repudiating those representations elsewhere.
In an e-mail exchange, Catlett told InternetNews.com that "eBay seems to believe they own their users ... whatever their motivation, their attempts to get more latitude to do whatever they want to their users are unconscionable and clearly violate consumer protection laws."
When asked about Catlett's charges of impropriety on the part of the auction giant, EBay spokesman Kevin Pursglove told InternetNews.com: "Mr. Catlett's comments notwithstanding, eBay does not provide, sell, rent, share or in any other way disclose personally identifiable information to third parties."
eBay took some heat last year about this time after an apparent change of heart on its opt-in newsletter policy.