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Amazon Files Suit Against State Tax Collectors

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

April 21, 2010

Amazon wants to block one state's demands for customer data, CNET  reports. The online retailer has filed suit against the North Carolina Department of Revenue, saying that providing state officials with the names, addresses and purchase information of those North Carolinians who have purchased goods on Amazon between 2003 and 2010, as they have requested, would violate customers' privacy and First Amendment rights. An Amazon spokesperson said the best-case scenario for customers would be one where the state "withdraws their demand because they recognize that it violates the privacy rights of North Carolina residents." The company did provide the department with anonymized information about items shipped and zip codes, according to the report.

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