The Associated Press reports on a new lawsuit concerning the privacy of online sales:
Direct marketers are challenging Colorado’s new online sales tax law, claiming it violates free speech and privacy laws.
The Direct Marketing Association says it filed a lawsuit Wednesday in federal court in Denver asking that it be ruled unconstitutional.
Lawmakers passed the measure this year to help balance the budget. It requires out-of-state, online retailers to either collect sales tax or send customers an annual notice of how much tax they owe the state.
Retailers would also have to report that to the state.
The marketing association says the law is unconstitutional, unfairly discriminates against interstate commerce and is an invasion of consumer privacy. […]
Rep. Amy Stephens, a Republican from Monument, said the lawsuit will determine if the new law is constitutional.
“We have said from the beginning that this proposal jeopardizes consumer privacy and gives the government a frightening amount of access to information about personal purchases and services. The bottom line is, it’s none of the government’s business what someone wants to buy online,” Stephens said.