I was asked to participate as a plaintiff in a legal action by the ACLU regarding a pending dispute between Amazon.com and the State of North Carolina. The State sought to get the records of Amazon customers from North Carolina, including titles of books or full details about other products (Amazon sells all manner of stuff). While the ACLU takes no position on the tax issue (which is the initial reason for the records request), revelation of what private persons are purchasing is a huge violation of their privacy. It can act as a real restraint of trade if people are afraid to make purchases because they might be exposed to public attention.
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