S. 3386 (111th): Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act

May 19, 2010 (111th Congress, 2009–2010)
Signed by the President
Slip Law:
This bill became Pub.L. 111-345.
John “Jay” Rockefeller IV
Senior Senator from West Virginia
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Last Updated
Dec 17, 2010
4 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 5707 (Related)
Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jul 01, 2010


This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on December 29, 2010.

Introduced May 19, 2010
Referred to Committee May 19, 2010
Reported by Committee Jun 09, 2010
Passed Senate Nov 30, 2010
Passed House Dec 15, 2010
Signed by the President Dec 29, 2010
Full Title

A bill to protect consumers from certain aggressive sales tactics on the Internet.


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5 cosponsors (4D, 1R) (show)

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12/29/2010--Public Law.
Restore Online Shoppers' Confidence Act - Defines "post-transaction third party seller" as a person that: (1) sells, or offers for sale, any good or service on the Internet; (2) solicits purchases on the Internet through an initial merchant after the consumer has initiated a transaction with the initial merchant; and (3) is not the initial merchant, a subsidiary or corporate affiliate of the initial merchant, or a successor to the initial merchant or subsidiary.
Makes it unlawful for any post-transaction third party seller to charge or attempt to charge any consumer's credit card, debit card, bank account, or other such financial account in an Internet-based transaction, unless:
(1) before obtaining the consumer's billing information, the seller has disclosed all material terms, including the fact that the such seller is not affiliated with the initial merchant, and a description and the cost of the offered goods or services; and
(2) the seller has received the express informed consent from the consumer for the charge.
Makes it unlawful for an initial merchant to disclose such financial account number or other billing information to any post-transaction third party Internet seller (sometimes referred to as a data-pass).
Makes it unlawful for any person to charge or attempt to charge a consumer for goods or services sold in an Internet-based transaction through a negative option feature unless the person:
(1) provides text that clearly and conspicuously discloses all material terms of the transaction before obtaining the consumer's billing information;
(2) obtains a consumer's express informed consent before charging the consumer's financial account for products or services through such transaction; and
(3) provides simple mechanisms for a consumer to stop recurring charges from being placed on the consumer's financial account.
Defines "negative option feature" to mean, in an offer or agreement to sell or provide any goods or services, a provision under which the customer's silence or failure to take an affirmative action to reject goods or services or to cancel the agreement is interpreted by the seller as acceptance of the offer.
Treats a violation of this Act or any regulation thereunder as an unfair or deceptive act or practice. Requires the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to enforce this Act.
Authorizes the attorney general of a state to bring an action for injunctive relief in federal court on behalf of the state's residents.

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