This Act prohibits any post-transaction third party seller (a seller who markets goods or services online through an initial merchant after a consumer has initiated a transaction with that merchant) from charging any financial account in an Internet transaction unless it has disclosed clearly all material terms of the transaction and obtained the consumer’s express informed consent to the charge. The seller must obtain the number of the account to be charged directly from the consumer. The Act prohibits initial merchants from disclosing purchasers’ financial account numbers or other billing information to third party sellers. In addition, for all online transactions with a negative option feature (both initial sales and post-transaction sales), the Act requires the seller to disclose clearly all material terms, obtain the consumer’s express informed consent to the charge, and provide a simple means for the consumer to stop recurring charges.
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