News & Events

  • September 25, 2014

    Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on Protecting the Open Internet

    Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee led by Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), held a hearing to discuss the future of the Open Internet entitled “Why Net Neutrality Matters: Protecting Consumers and Competition Through Meaningful Open Internet Rules.” Read the opening remarks and highlights.

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  • September 25, 2014

    FCC Receives over 3 Million Comments on the Open Internet Proceedings

    Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that it had received over 3 million comments regarding their Open Internet proceedings. The Internet Association, of which eBay Inc. is a member, officially filed comments with the FCC last week. In their comments, the Internet Association reiterated its support of strong non-discrimination and no-blocking rules to protect consumers, startups, and innovation.

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  • September 24, 2014

    eBay Inc. Hosts Roundtable with Commerce Under Secretary Mark Doms

    Last week, eBay Inc., along with the Internet Association and other Internet companies, hosted Under Secretary for Economic Affairs Mark Doms to discuss the Commerce Department’s Data Strategic Plan. The Data Strategic Plan, released earlier this year by Commerce Secretary Pritzker, pledges to “improve government, business, and community decisions and knowledge by transforming Department data capabilities and supporting a data-enabled economy.”

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  • September 24, 2014

    Virginia Small Business Owner Speaks Out Against Senate Passed Marketplace Fairness Act

    Last week, Virginia small business owner, Jonathan Gonzales, wrote a letter to the editor of the Roanoke Times expressing his concern and frustration with the Senate passed Marketplace Fairness Act. If enacted into law, the Marketplace Fairness Act would require hundreds of thousands of small tech-enabled businesses, like Gonzales’, to collect and remit sales taxes for taxing jurisdictions across the country. It would also allow states to impose rules and regulations on businesses not located in their state.

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  • September 23, 2014

    Representative Farenthold Introduces Legislation to Protect First Sale Doctrine

    Last week, Congressman Blake Farenthold (R-TX) introduced legislation that would protect the first sale doctrine for electronic devices and the software on those devices. The legislation, titled You Own Devices Act (YODA), simply states that if you want to sell, lease, or give away your device, the software that enables it to work is transferred along with it, and that any right you have to security and bug fixing of that software is transferred as well.

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  • September 23, 2014

    PayPal Submits Letter to CFPB on Mobile Banking

    In June 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a Request for Information related to mobile banking and financial management services. The CFPB was established by Congress to protect consumers by carrying out federal consumer financial laws. PayPal works closely with the CFPB on issues related to digital payments and mobile banking and responded to the CFPB’s Request for Information with a letter.

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  • September 19, 2014

    The National Conference of State Legislatures Brings “Jobs” Discussion to eBay Inc.

    eBay Inc. Government Relations hosted the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) 2014 Jobs Summit this week at the eBay Inc. North Campus in San Jose, CA. Steve Yankovich, VP of Innovation and Commerce at eBay Inc., introduced the new generation of retail, the future of commerce and what that means for local businesses to over 40 state legislators from around the country.

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  • September 17, 2014

    Tod Cohen Discusses Ownership Rights on eBay Radio

    In recent years, there have been attempts to restrict the ability of individuals to resell items that they have legitimately purchased. Yesterday, Tod Cohen, Vice President of eBay Inc.’s Global Government Relations team, spoke about the importance of protecting owners’ rights and the Owners’ Rights Initiative on eBay Radio.

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  • September 17, 2014

    eBay Inc. to Testify Before House Energy & Commerce Committee on Cross Border Data Flows

    Brian Bieron, eBay Inc.’s Executive Director of Global Public Policy, will testify before the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing & Trade in a hearing entitled “Cross Border Data Flows: Could Foreign Protectionism Hurt U.S. Jobs?”

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  • September 17, 2014

    eBay Inc. Participates in Tech Event in Brazil

    Brian Bieron, eBay Inc.’s Senior Director of Government Relations and Global Politics, recently spoke at tech event hosted by the Chamber of Industry, Commerce and Services (CIC) of Caxias do Sul, Brazil.

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