Thursday, October 28, 2010

Amazon Shoppers in NC - Recent Ruling

The NC Department of Revenue asked to provide information to help with collecting taxes for online sales from 8/2003 through 2/2010.  Amazon did provide product codes of what was purchased, which could be books about very personal or sensitive topics, but they withheld information that might allow someone to link a book specifically back to you.

It went to court and the federal judge ruled that the detailed NCDOR request violates Internet users' rights to free speech, privacy, and anonymity.   

"Federal Court Upholds Amazon Users' Privacy and Free Speech Rights", ACLU, Press Release, 10/26/2010.

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