It is free to join and to bid, but there are fees to list and sell items. (“User Agreement,” n.d. para. 9)
Before signing up to eBay you must read, agree to and accept all their terms and conditions. (“User Agreement,” n.d., para. 2)
Whether you have read all of these, skimmed over them, or completelydisregarded them, you might want topay attention now and see what you really signed up for ...
This information when combinedcan say a lot about you, and can work to identify you. Potentially destroying your privacy. (Barbaro & Zeller, 2006, p. 3; “Fact Sheet 18,” 2012, para. 5)
This CANNOT be falsified.You must provide VALID contact details. (“The Rules for Everyone Overview,” n.d., para. 5)
This is because, the eBay communityrequires some level of honesty due to the site’s nature. It is about getting the right balance of privacy and trust.
While eBay users require privacy to feel safe when carrying out financial transactions withstrangers on the site, anonymity is also impossible. Buyers needsome personal information about the sellers (such as contactdetails, and user ratings) in order to trust they will receive the product they purchase. (Bella, Giustolisi & Riccobene, 2011, p. 706)
Would you buy from ananonymous seller with nocontact details, feedback or ratings?
While they are stored on your computer, eBay still has access to the information stored in these cookies whenever you visit their site. (Fact Sheet 18,” 2012, para. 31)
It is possible to clear the cookies on your hard drive after each session. (Fact Sheet 18,” 2012, para. 30)
....making it as difficult as possible for users to avoid their information getting collected.
It seems that with e-commerce,“profitability has become more important than privacy.” (Brown & Muchira, 2004, p. 65)
And what happens if this informationwas to get into the wrong hands....?
eBay is not responsible “for lost profits or any special, incidental or consequential damages arising out of or inconnection with our site, our services or this agreement” (“User Agreement,” n.d., para.68)
In other words, eBay is not liable for anydamages you encounter if the informationthey have collected about you was to find itself in the wrong hands.
eBay.com.au: Do You Know What YouSigned Up For? by Emily Lloyd is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution- ShareAlike 3.0 Australia License. Based on a work at http://www.slideshare.net/EmilyGL.