Australian Officials Accidentally Reveal Google As Responsible For Anti-eBay Filing

from the jockeying-for-position dept

Last month, we wrote about plans by eBay in Australia to ban all non-PayPal payment solutions from the auction site. This has set off quite a firestorm, especially from folks who don't particularly like PayPal. Australian regulators are looking into the matter, and have asked for comments from anyone interested, some of which it's posting online. Most of the comments come with the name of the individual and/or company who sent it in -- but a few were posted anonymously, at the submitter's request. However, it appears that regulators didn't do a very good job scouring for metadata, as someone who looked more closely at the PDF file discovered that it clearly says "Submission by Google re eBay" in the metadata (found via Slashdot).

While this has some wondering if "tensions" are escalating between the two companies, I think it's safe to say that tensions were already quite high between the two companies concerning their competing payment solutions. After all, when Google first launched Google Checkout, eBay quickly banned it from use on the site, claiming (with a straight face) that Google wasn't trustworthy enough, since it didn't have a track record of payment solutions. Then, you may recall a year ago, that Google (childishly) planned a "protest" outside of eBay's own user conference, which resulted in eBay removing all ads from Google for a little while. Considering that eBay is Google's largest advertiser, this was no small move. So, somehow, I doubt the fact that Google filed a comment against banning other payment systems in Australia is going to be seen by either party as an "escalation" of the tension between the two companies.

Filed Under: anonymity, australia, google checkout, metadata, paypal
Companies: ebay, google


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  1. identicon
    Me, 4 Jun 2008 @ 11:24pm

    PayPal is VERY Shady

    The Security Now Podcast recently did a spot where PayPal routes you through DoubleClick for almost every action you take on their site. This in effect sets up a first person relationship with Double Click allowing them to put tracking cookies in your browser regardless of how you have your 3'rd party cookie settings set. In other words, Paypal intentionally took steps to bypass the wishes of consumers requesting not to be tracked by turning off 3'rd party cookies. This coming from a site with so much financial information on their users. It's scary...and they need some competition to put them back in their place.

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