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NC gonna get paid, privacy be damned
NC wants names, addresses, and products purchased for all NC amazon customers

One of the longest running battles between states and online sellers has been the desire for states to capture sales tax revenue on purchases made by its residents. As it is today, taxes are not automatically recovered by a company online unless it has a physical presence in the buyer's home state. State residents, however, are supposed to report these purchases on their state tax returns.

One of the states pressing the sales tax issue the hardest is North Carolina. NC filed a suit against online giant Amazon in April of 2010 seeking to recover what it claims to be $50 million in sales taxes that were not paid by citizens on purchases dating back to 2003. Amazon sued NC in an effort to block the request by the state for Amazon to turn over information about the buying habits of people living in NC on grounds that the information would violate the user's privacy.

Amazon and its customers in NC are getting some help in the legal suit by the ACLU with the group set to go to court this week in Seattle. The ALCU will fight the state's request for specifics on what NC customers purchased online, including names and addresses of the buyers. According to the NC Revenue Department, it, for example, is not seeking specifics about what book a customer purchased, but only wants to know if the customer purchased a book or a CD.

Amazon states that it has already provided the state with purchase details as requested without providing any information about what each of the customers actually purchased. Amazon says that if it turns over names and addresses of the NC residents who made purchases that the state would be able to link the buyer to a specific product purchased.

The ACLU wrote in a statement, "The American Civil Liberties Union will be in federal court in Seattle Wednesday, October 13 to argue that requests by the North Carolina Department of Revenue (NCDOR) for detailed information about purchases made by customers are unconstitutional because they violate Internet users' rights to free speech, anonymity and privacy."

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Go ACLU!!!
By mgilbert on 10/13/2010 1:06:42 PM , Rating: 3
The ACLU is often misunderstood. They fight for the constitution and what it stands for, no matter what, and I agree with them. They've sided with religious individuals and/or groups countless times, but that never gets reported - I wonder why.

In any case, I live in Kentucky, and the state of Kentucky can kiss my a$$ when it comes to me reporting my online purchases. They get, and waste, enough of my money as it is. I'm actually a state employee, and all state employees are being required to take six days off without pay this year, just to balance their bloated, wasteful budget.

Go ACLU, Go!!!

RE: Go ACLU!!!
By FITCamaro on 10/13/2010 8:42:15 PM , Rating: 1
Please. The ACLU has helped sue teachers for wearing a cross around their neck in the classroom while also defending teachers for having blatantly political literature as well.

The ACLU is nothing but a hack organization that largely spits on the Constitution. Sure they get a few things right from time to time. But by and large, its a bunch of liberals.

RE: Go ACLU!!!
By corduroygt on 10/14/2010 11:43:21 AM , Rating: 2
Wearing a cross around the neck as a teacher is wrong and it should be sued, but I'd like to see where they defended the blatantly political agenda, which should also be forbidden in schools.

RE: Go ACLU!!!
By chrnochime on 10/14/2010 2:24:24 PM , Rating: 2
That's like saying wearing a turban at school is wrong and should be sued. A turban is part of both culture AND religion. Great thinking you got there *roll-eyes*

RE: Go ACLU!!!
By Lee Usa on 10/14/2010 12:38:28 PM , Rating: 2
You are wrong. The ACLU did not help sue a teacher for wearing a cross in the classroom.

If you have any PROOF that claims otherwise, please present it.

RE: Go ACLU!!!
By The Raven on 10/15/2010 12:39:22 PM , Rating: 2
I think that the problem with the ACLU is that "Idle hands are the Devil's playthings". This is the problem with any union. It's not that they are bad or greedy for forming. But that when there is no real injustice going on, they make it a big deal and claim it is some tragedy.

In this case I am rooting for them as I think it is retarded that we have sales taxes the way they are.

RE: Go ACLU!!!
By YashBudini on 10/13/2010 11:12:53 PM , Rating: 2
They've sided with religious individuals and/or groups countless times, but that never gets reported - I wonder why.

There's a simple answer for that, there's no controversy with agreement, hence there's no news.

RE: Go ACLU!!!
By AlfB on 10/14/2010 11:56:14 AM , Rating: 2
I have to disagree in some cases. Everytime there is some suit over separation of church and state, the ACLU jumps right on the bandwagon but if their express purpose is based on the constitution then they are not doing what they say. Now there will be those that will disagree but the constitution does not have anything in it about separation of church and state. It says that the state cannot create a state religion and that is due to the things going on in England with the creation of the church of England etc. What they were trying to prevent is the government creating a religion and forcing people to be part of it. That whole issue has grown out of proportion and become this whole thing of there cannot be any religion in government. No matter what anyone wants it to be now, that is what it was for. When the ACLU uses this to prevent stuff like prayer at a football game, they have started making their own interpretation of things and that is exactly what they say they are against.

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