eBay’s Privacy Policy is actually Public Policy

After trying to apply for a customer service job at eBay in my area and reading their privacy policy, I have to wonder, which part is private? Needless to say, I didn’t apply to them after reading this and even though I have never done business with them, I will most certainly never do business with them in the future as well.

I urge others to read eBay’s privacy policy and tell me exactly which part is private? My thoughts on each of the subject headings are highlighted in bold underneath the paragraphs.  

eBay Careers Privacy Policy

“This Policy was last updated on 1-May-2013.

Your Privacy Rights

This Privacy Policy describes how eBay Inc., its subsidiaries, affiliates, and joint ventures (collectively referred to as the “Company” or “We”) handle your personal information collected via our career placement websites and services (the “Site”). We may amend this policy at any time by posting a revised version on our Site. The revised version will be effective at the time we post it. If the revised version includes a material change, we will provide you with 30 days’ prior notice by posting notice of the change on this site. After this 30 day notice period, you will be considered as having expressly consented to all amendments to this policy.

If you do not agree to the changes, please contact us to deactivate your account

By using this Site, you expressly consent to our collection, storage, use, transfer, and disclosure of your personal information, including any sensitive information you elect to submit. By providing personal information via this Site, you expressly consent to the terms of this Privacy Policy.”

The “We own you” clause.

“Binding Corporate Rules

In addition to the privacy practices set out in this Privacy Policy, eBay Inc. has established a set of Corporate Rules (also referred to as Binding Corporate Rules), approved by a number of European Union privacy regulators.These Corporate Rules are a commitment by eBay Inc. to protect your personal information regardless of where the data resides.  For more information about our Binding Corporate Rules, including information on how to contact us with any questions, visit our eBay Privacy Center. eBay Inc., a corporation based in the United States, is the Data Controller for any personal information you submit through our Site. Information will be collected and stored on servers in the United States, and also may be shared with our affiliated legal entities around the world.  This Privacy Policy is governed by United States law.”

Meaning we have no problem giving your personal information to the U.S. government if they ask of it and your personal information will no longer be private.

“How we collection information about you

When you visit the Site, we collect information sent to us by your computer, mobile phone or other access device. The information sent to us includes data on the pages you access, your computer IP address, device identifiers, the type of operating system you’re using, your location, mobile network information, standard web log data and other information. Web log data includes the browser type you’re using and traffic to and from our site. When you visit the Site, we also collect information about your transactions and your activities.

 In addition, if you submit an application, you will be required to submit personal information, otherwise you may not be able to access certain parts of the site and we will not be able to process your application. This information includes:

·         Contact information, such as your name, address, phone, email, and other similar information

·         Resume or CV, cover letter, previous work experience, education, and transcripts

·         desired salary, relevant work experience, type of employment sought, date available, employee referral

·         eBay, PayPal, or other eBay Inc. property account ID.

We may also obtain information about you from third parties such as employment research firms, identity verification services, and websites on the Internet.”

TRANSLATION: The minute you log onto our site, we already know everything about your computer, what is on your computer and also OWN you and everything that’s on your computer.


Our primary purpose in collecting personal information is to provide you with a smooth and efficient experience in applying for a job with us. Your submitted application and any additional personal information will be used to:

·         assess your skills and interest in career opportunities at the Company

·         provide customer service, dispute resolution, and Site troubleshooting

·         customize, measure, and report on our Site and career service operations

·         process your application and send notices to you about our open positions

·         contact you by placing a voice call or through text (SMS) or email messaging

·         compare information for accuracy and verify it with third parties

·         conduct background checks, which may include verification of skill proficiency, criminal history, financial history and other information that may be necessary for determining your qualifications for an open position at the Company

If you accept employment with the Company, the information collected on this Site will become part of your employment record and will be used for employment purposes.”

Our primary purpose is to OWN you and your rights from the moment you sign on to apply with us. Stick out your right hand and insert chip here.


The Company will not sell or rent your personal information to third parties for their marketing purpose without your explicit consent.

We may share your personal information with service providers acting on our behalf and they will be obligated to protect your personal information consistently with the terms of this Privacy Policy. We may share your personal information with members of the eBay Inc. corporate family to assess your skills for job openings. Access to your personal information will be limited to those employees or agents of the Company who have a business need to access such personal information.

We may also disclose your personal information when we believe, in our sole discretion, that the disclosure is necessary to: protect the legal rights, privacy or safety the Company or its employees, agents and contractors; protect the safety and security of visitors to our web sites or other properties; protect against fraud or other illegal activity or for risk management purposes; respond to inquiries or requests from public authorities; enforce our Terms of Service; permit us to pursue available remedies or limit the damages that we may sustain; or comply with the law or a legal process.”

TRANSLATION: We are not responsible for anything we collect or what we do with the information that we have collected from your computer.


When you access our Site, we (including companies we work with) may place small data files on your computer or other device. These data files may be traditional cookies, pixel tags, “Flash cookies,” or other local storage provided by your browser or associated applications (“Cookies”). We use these technologies to: recognize you as an applicant; customize our services; measure the Site’s effectiveness; help ensure that your account security is not compromised; mitigate risk and prevent fraud; and to promote trust and safety across our sites.

We use both session and persistent Cookies. Session Cookies expire and no longer have any effect when you log out of your account or close your browser. Persistent Cookies remain on your device until you erase them or they expire.

We encode our Cookies so that we can interpret the information stored in them. You are free to decline our Cookies if your browser or browser add-on permits, but doing so may interfere with your use of our Site. Refer to the help section of your browser, browser extensions, or installed applications for instructions on blocking, deleting, or disabling Cookies.”

TRANSLATION: We will spy on you by sending worms into your computer in order to gather information about you for our company and the government.

“How we protect and store personal information

Throughout this policy, we use the term “personal information” to describe information that can be associated with a specific person and can be used to identify that person. We do not consider personal information to include information that has been made anonymous so that it does not identify a specific user.

We store and process your personal information on our computers in the US and elsewhere in the world where our facilities are located.”

WOW! All of your personal information is available in some other part of the world just by applying and working with this company.

“We protect your information using physical, technical, and administrative security measures to reduce the risks of loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure and alteration. Some of the safeguards we use are firewalls and data encryption, physical access controls to our data centers, and information access authorization controls. Although we work very hard to protect your privacy, we do not promise, and you should not expect, that your personal information or private communications will always remain private.

Please take care to secure both your account and password. If you feel your account has been compromised please contact us at staffing_system_support@ebay.com.”

And if you believe that, you are a COMPLETE AND UTTER FOOL!!

“Accessing or changing your personal information

You can access, review, and change most of your personal information by logging into the Site. Generally, we will not manually modify your personal information because it is very difficult to verify your identity remotely. You must promptly update your personal information if it changes or is inaccurate. Upon your request, we will deactivate or remove your personal information from our active databases, although some information may be retained as permitted or required by law.

We may delete your personal information at any time (including your CV/resume), without any reason. Therefore, please retain your own copy of the personal information provided to us.”

And if you believe that as well, you are a EXTREMELY COMPLETE AND UTTER FOOL ON THE HIGHEST LEVEL!!!

“More detailed information about our privacy practices and our contact information for any questions is available at the eBay Privacy Center. If your questions are not answered online, you may write to us at: eBay Inc. Attn: Legal – Global Privacy Practices, 2145 Hamilton Avenue, San Jose, California 95125, USA.

By clicking the “AGREE” button, I agree to the collection, use, transfer and disclosure of my personal information as detailed in this Privacy Policy.”


War is peace, Freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength and PRIVACY is PUBLIC!!

ABSOLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE!!!! Put them on the list of corporate controlled psychopaths who need to be expunged from our country.


4 thoughts on “eBay’s Privacy Policy is actually Public Policy

  1. Absolutely incredible, the lengths to which these bastards go to invade what should be private, and the amount of control they are exerting over someone who is only looking for a job to provide money to live on. I certainly hope that somehow the tables will be turned and these very same persons at E-Bay will somehow get a taste of their own medicine.

  2. “Our primary purpose is to OWN you and your rights from the moment you sign on to apply with us. Stick out your right hand and insert chip here.”

    Forgot to add the bold emphasis on that one under the “Use” policy. My bad. But I’m sure you all get the idea.

  3. I don’t know why they call it a ‘privacy’ policy. Its more like disclosure policy.

    Here’s the quote form ebay privacy policy: “We share limited information with law enforcement and others to help keep the eBay community safe.”

    Who are the “others”? Basically all the info you submit to Ebay is readily available to the mysterious group of “others” . In other words there is no privacy with Ebay at all, ZERO.

    ref: http://pages.ebay.com/help/account/privacy-summary.html

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