(The Center Square) – Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has signed a law that prohibits criminals from selling stolen goods from a retail store on an online platform.
Officials say Senate Bill 332the Inform Consumers Act, targets so-called “organized retail crime” and protects consumers who unknowingly purchase stolen goods and counterfeit products.
It requires “high-volume sellers” whose annual income in a marketplace exceeds $20,000 to provide consumers with contact information to ask questions about products they are considering buying. It also requires platforms to establish an option for consumers to report suspicious activity.
“Here in Georgia, we will do everything we can to curb crime and make life difficult for those who break the law,” Kemp, a Republican, said in a statement. “With SB 332, we’re dealing another blow to organized gangs who rob Georgia’s shops and stores by making it much harder for them to profit from their robberies.”
As part of this measure, high-volume third-party sellers must provide their financial information, such as their bank account number or beneficiary name, to the platforms. Sellers who fail to comply will be banned from using online platforms.
The measure also empowers the Attorney General to enforce disclosure requirements.
The new regulations come into force on January 1.