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New York AG questions eBay, PayPal on revised user agreements: NYT

SCI & TECH
By Reuters | June 11th 2015

New York law enforcement officials have written to eBay Inc and PayPal Inc this week, saying the companies' revised user policies "raise issues" under consumer protection laws, the New York Times reported.

The updated user agreements would allow the e-commerce company and the payments division it is spinning off to contact users by phone for offers and promotions, to collect a debt or to poll their opinions through surveys and questionnaires.

Ebay's updated user agreement is scheduled to take effect on Monday and PayPal's will become effective on July 1.

"Consumer choice and privacy preferences are protected by state and federal laws — including laws that specifically aim to stop companies from using invasive robocalls to promote products to consumers who do not wish to receive them," the newspaper quoted Melissa Grace, a spokeswoman for New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, as saying.

The letters, written by Kathleen McGee, chief of the attorney general's Internet Bureau, said the only way for users to opt out of the possibility of marketing calls or text messages was to stop using the auction site or payment processor entirely, the newspaper reported.

A representative of PayPal told Reuters the company had received the letter of inquiry and would respond to it, adding that PayPal customers could choose not to receive autodialed or prerecorded message calls.

Representatives at the New York Attorney General's office and eBay did not immediately respond to requests for comments outside regular U.S. business hours.

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