What's been done?
- Congress passed the Integrity, Notification, and Fairness Online (INFORM) Consumers Act to require disclosure of high-volume third-party sellers in online marketplaces and establish transparency to minimize the coordinated exploitation of online marketplaces
- The federal government must now enforce these changes and provide support to states and local prosecutors.
Congress and the states must act to stop organized retail theft
- States should take action to prosecute organized retail theft by passing legislation to enable the aggregation and prosecution of offenses across state lines, and by establishing statewide task forces to take down organized retail theft rings.
- States need to more clearly define the crime “organized retail theft” to provide prosecutors with the tools to target organized theft rings, which differ greatly from the average shoplifter.
- States also need to adjust the thresholds for the value of goods stolen to trigger a felony charge to prevent thieves from avoiding prosecution and heavier charges. States can further address this through passing legislation allowing for the aggregation of a pattern of organized thefts across multiple jurisdictions over a period of time.