Monday, February 14, 2011

Amazon 1, NC 0 ... so far

Per an AP article:
RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina tax collectors have ended a court fight with and its customers after clarifying that demands for purchasers' data don't include the titles of the books and other products.

The lawsuit originally filed by Amazon in its hometown of Seattle was closed late last month after a settlement between North Carolina's Revenue Department and seven North Carolina residents represented by the American Civil Liberties Union.

The Revenue Department's future requests for data from Internet retailers will clarify that tax collectors don't want the titles or other identifying information of the books, movies or music sold, according to a copy of the settlement the agency provided Wednesday.
It'll be interesting to see how Amazon defends itself against North Carolina's grubby tax collectors' next attempt to squeeze more money out of its citizens when it requests a more limited amount of information, focusing more on total dollars spent at Amazon and not on items purchased.

Keep your fingers crossed.

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