by Mike Masnick
Tue, Feb 1st 2011 1:01am
Remember how North Carolina was demanding that Amazon hand over pretty much all purchase info on every citizen who had ordered anything from the site? Thankfully, Amazon won that lawsuit, and was allowed to protect purchaser privacy. However, other states apparently didn't get the message. Michael Scott points us to the news that the state of Colorado, which had put in place a similar law, just got a preliminary injunction barring it from enforcing the law. While it's not a final ruling, it does mean that the companies protesting this law have established a "substantial likelihood" of prevailing. The ruling focuses on how the law violates the Commerce Clause in regulating interstate commerce (which state governments are not allowed to do). It doesn't directly discuss the privacy issues, other than indirectly to note that weighing the balance of potential "harms" it makes sense to block this law. If the law is later found to be legal, then the state can still get that info and collect taxes, but if the law is allowed to be enforced, it could violate people's privacy and other rights.
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