Congress Passes INFORM Consumers Act

December 23, 2022

Prior to adjourning for the year, Congress passed Fiscal Year 2023 Omnibus Appropriations legislation to fund the federal government. On behalf of the millions of small businesses and individuals who buy and sell online, eBay is happy to report that the INFORM Consumers Act was included in the final package and is on its way to the President’s desk to be signed into law

While the original version of the INFORM Consumers Act would have imposed burdensome information collection and disclosure requirements for small businesses and individuals, eBay led efforts to vastly improve the bill to provide a nationwide standard that strikes an appropriate balance to increase transparency and safety for consumers online while also protecting seller privacy. This compromise legislation avoids a patchwork of state laws and has broad support from consumer groups, retailers, and law enforcement.

The eBay Government Relations Team would like to thank US Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-09) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL-12) as well as US Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) for introducing the INFORM Consumers Act legislation in the House and Senate, respectively, and for their leadership and tireless efforts to bring this across the finish line.;

We would also like to thank the 33,000+ members of our Main Street Community that participated in our numerous grassroots campaigns on this topic and made their voice heard on the need for federal legislation to address this issue. Your support made a huge difference!

eBay is committed to ensuring its platform is a trusted and safe marketplace for buyers and sellers. For more information related to eBay’s efforts to maintain a safe and trusted platform, please consult eBay’s Global Transparency Report