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Lawmaker Concerned with Online Sales Tax Collection

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

November 2, 2010

A North Carolina court ruling could have implications on a recently passed Colorado law, The Denver Post reports. North Carolina sued Amazon last April for what it claimed to be $50 million in uncollected sales taxes. Amazon, in turn, sued North Carolina with the support of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), claiming that turning over names and addresses would violate citizens' rights to free speech. The court ruled in Amazon's favor last week. Colorado Rep. Amy Stephens (R-Monument) says those concerns over privacy echo in Colorado, and "Coloradans should be free to make online purchases without government looking over their shoulder."
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