TECHNOLOGY

Report: Trump counterfeiting effort targets Amazon, eBay

BY Dan Berthiaume

President Trump expects third-party online marketplaces to do more to stop the sale of counterfeit goods.

According to CNN, Trump has issued a presidential memo instructing a variety of federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security and the attorney general’s office, to issue recommendations for preventing counterfeit goods reaching the American marketplace. In a phone call with reporters, White House National Trade Council director Peter Navarro said the memo targets the flow of counterfeit goods through third-party counterfeit marketplaces, and specifically named Amazon, eBay, and Alibaba.

Navarro also said there is a national security component to the federal anti-counterfeiting initiative, as more components for defense systems are now being bought online. He reportedly denied that the mention of Amazon and Alibaba had anything to do with Trump’s public feuding with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos or current trade negotiations with China.

Amazon is piloting a program called “Project Zero” that provides automated counterfeit detection tools to third-party brands selling goods via online Amazon stores.

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