The Computer & Communications Industry Association is concerned about three bills introduced today that will treat online marketplaces in a discriminatory fashion in response to retailers claims that stolen goods are being resold through online marketplaces.
The bills are the Combating Organized Retail Crime Act of 2009 introduced in the Senate and companion legislation in the House HR 1173 as well as the E-Fencing Enforcement Act of 2009 HR 1166.
The following statement can be attributed to CCIA President & CEO Ed Black:
“We are very concerned that these bills separate out e-commerce and online marketplaces for discriminatory treatment. The bills undermine user privacy, and threaten to erode crucial ISP immunities that are critical to innovation and growth on the Internet. At a time of financial duress and economic contraction, the last thing we should be doing is attacking innovative e-commerce services that contribute to economic growth.”