According to a report today in The Australian, eBay Australia has given the government the details of thousands of its sellers in a bid to crack down on welfare fraud.
eBay reportedly handed the seller user data over to the Department of Human Services for use in its data matching to catch out those supplementing their income with online trading activities while receiving welfare.
The Australian Taxation Office has been working with eBay to catch out income fraudsters for a while now, but looks like the first time that eBay has handed over details on users to the Department of Human Services.
The Australian reports that the department would ramp up its focus on online trading if all goes well. [The Australian]