Big Brother is watching you – and documenting

Robin, from over at In My Book sent along This One on eBay, ever anxious to up profits, will bend over backward to provide data to law enforcement officials.
eBay says it has recorded and documented every iota of data that has come through the Web site since it first went online in 1995. Every time someone makes a bid, sells an item, writes about someone else, even when the company cancels a sale for whatever reason – it documents all of the pertinent information, and will give it away without a subpoena.

When someone uses our site and clicks on the `I Agree\’ button, it is as if he agrees to let us submit all of his data to the legal authorities. Which means that if you are a law-enforcement officer, all you have to do is send us a fax with a request for information, and ask about the person behind the seller\’s identity number, and we will provide you with his name, address, sales history and other details – all without having to produce a court order. We want law enforcement people to spend time on our site,\”