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Amazon – Government Tries to Obtain Online Book Purchase Records

By November 28, 2007Internet Lawyer

Despite a federal subpoena, Amazon refused to disclose the identities of 24,000 used book purchasers as demanded by federal prosecutors in an income tax evasion investigation of a used book seller. Think about it. Big Brother wants to know what your reading habits are and used a tax case to attempt to shred the First Amendment.

It gets worse. Even though the subpoena was withdrawn, the reason for the withdrawal is that the government found the client information it needed on the seller’s computer. This means that if you bought from that seller a used book, the government knows what you bought even though it has absolutely nothing to do with tax fraud.

I’m not condoning tax evasion. That’s not the point.

The line has been crossed in e-commerce. If the government can seize records to identify your online book purchases, what not other purchases too? Say goodbye to personal privacy.

Mike Young, Esq.

Author Mike Young, Esq.

Mike Young has been practicing business and technology law since 1994 and is an angel investor in startups. He's been an entrepreneur since 1988. To get legal help from Attorney Young, click here now or call 214-546-4247 to schedule a phone consultation.

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