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Amazon Gets ACLU's Support

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

May 21, 2010

Amazon.com's refusal to turn over North Carolinians' purchase information to the state's Department of Revenue (NCDOR) now has the backing of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), reports The Hill. "Amazon was right to stand up for the rights of its customers and refuse to turn over their personal information," said Aden Fine, staff attorney with the ACLU's Speech, Privacy and Technology project. The NCDOR requested the data in order to tax citizens' purchases on the site. Fine said, "The ACLU is not taking issue with the Department's authority to collect taxes on the value of these purchases, but there is no legitimate reason why government officials need to know which North Carolina residents are reading what books or purchasing specific brands of products."
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