eBay informed sellers it may process their biometric data - and its new privacy notice also indicates it may be collecting location data from photos they upload to the marketplace.
According to a recent article in Cnet
, "Any time you snap a photo or record a video with your iPhone, it creates information related to the file -- including the creation date and your location -- and then stores this metadata within your media." Cnet said someone with access to your photos "can easily scour the metadata to identify locations and discover where you live, work, or study."
Now that many sellers use their mobile phones to take product photos on their phones - and even list directly from their mobile devices - eBay's practices may be of concern to them.
Another change to eBay's privacy notice that may concern sellers: In Section 5.5, eBay added the following provision:
"For sellers, processing of your biometric data to identify you and further prevent fraud and reduce other risks on our platform, and in connection with Know Your Customer and similar compliance requirements."
While eBay doesn't say it *collects* or *stores* such data, sellers may not realize eBay may use their biometric data for verification, fraud prevention, and compliance activities.
In its email announcement to customers on Thursday, eBay did not get into detail about changes to the notice, describing "notable changes" to its new privacy notice as follows:
- Additional information about the personal data we collect, the purposes for which we use that data, and how we share and process personal data within the eBay Inc. corporate family and with other businesses and service providers.
- Additional information about the data we process in order to comply with new consumer, anti-fraud and tax regulations.
It's a good exercise to review the entire policy to see what kind of information eBay collects and how it shares it - you can find the notice on the eBay.com website