An open letter to the U.S. Senate

Please oppose the Cassidy INFORM amendment

33 so far! Let’s get to 50 signers!

I’m a small-business owner and Etsy seller. Please oppose the Cassidy INFORM Act amendment, which would require marketplaces like Etsy to collect, verify, and display my personal information on product listing pages. That’s not okay. I’m one of 4.4 million creative entrepreneurs who sell goods on Etsy. 82% of us are women, and most run one-person businesses out of our homes. While some of our businesses have been able to quickly adjust to meet changing buyer needs during the pandemic, many others have suffered significant loss of revenue. Advocates for the INFORM Act are promoting the bill as a tool to prevent organized crime rings from stealing and selling illegally obtained goods or counterfeit products online. That’s a worthy goal, but unfortunately the bill would require creative marketplaces like Etsy to collect, verify, and display seller contact information, even though the items sold on Etsy—handmade and vintage goods, as well as craft supplies—are unlikely targets for such practices. And for many home-based business owners, this legislation would mean sharing personal information widely online including their full name, and email address. I’m simply not comfortable being required to display my personal information online. Please join me in opposing the provisions in the INFORM Act which would disclose my personal information.

First sent on May 22 by Stephanie

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