Google, eBay push for data laws

Google, eBay and Intel are meeting with House today to push for less restrictive federal data retention laws.

Google, eBay and Intel are joining forces as the Consumer Privacy Legislation Forum, an effort to push for federal laws that "allow them to retain and use consumer data while protecting consumers from misuse," according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

The group is trying to avoid the patchwork of state regulations, but more importantly would like to forestall passage of restrictive legislation over their use of consumer data.

In written testimony, Meg Whitman, eBay's chief executive, called for "strong enforcement by the Federal Trade Commission" and for holding "the bad actors accountable." She also warned against laws that hold e-tailers to a higher standard than other industries. The House has yet to introduce a privacy bill but is expected to do so before the end of the year.