State Settles Online Privacy Dispute
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.February 10, 2011
The Seattle Times reports that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the North Carolina Department of Revenue have settled their dispute over the state's efforts to collect personal information about e-commerce customers for tax purposes. The ACLU and online retailer Amazon filed a federal privacy lawsuit against North Carolina last year. As part of the settlement, the state has agreed not to ask for information that could link consumers to the products they purchase online. The agreement "will go a long way toward protecting the privacy and free speech rights of online customers in North Carolina and hopefully elsewhere," said ACLU attorney Aden Fine.