While Amazon was receiving a giant bill
from Texas for not collecting sales tax, it had a good day concerning a similar issue in North Carolina. As you may recall, the state of North Carolina was demanding
that Amazon tell it about every purchase made by a North Carolina resident, so that it could go after each of them for sales tax. Amazon already provided a ton of info to the state, including the date and price of each transaction, along with the city, county and zip code to which the order was shipped, along with the product codes identifying the products ordered. Basically, Amazon is already handing over the details of everything you purchase -- except your name and address. Except North Carolina wanted that too, which seemed like an even bigger privacy violation.
Thankfully, a district court judge has ruled against the state
, noting that it has "no legitimate need" for the info -- though, did leave open the possibility that a "narrower" request for info could be legal. Of course, to some of us, it seems like Amazon is already turning over way too much info. What people buy in a state is not the state government's business.