aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Who knows what you read?

Do you want the government to know? The ACLU has just intervened in an existing Amazon.com lawsuit resisting the North Carolina Department of Revenue's demand that Amazon turn over thousands of customers' records.

The ACLU says, “ The laws governing electronic privacy haven't been updated since 1986—before the Internet as we know it even existed. The books, music and movies you browse or buy online can reveal private and profoundly intimate information about your life. It's time to upgrade the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to keep our personal information safe.

Their anonymous clients in the Amazon.com lawsuit include:
Jane Doe 1, who purchased books on self-help and how to get a divorce and a restraining order after her former spouse threatened to kill her.

Jane Doe 2, the general counsel of a global corporation, who purchased books and movies with overt political leanings as well as books that may reveal her religious beliefs.

Jane Doe 3, who purchased books on mental health in order to better understand the conditions afflicting her former spouse, including "Stop Walking on Eggshells: Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care About Has Borderline Personality Disorder."

The ACLU says, “If the North Carolina government gets its way, this information—and the personal records of thousands of others—will be in government hands. We've gone to court to stop this massive invasion of privacy and free speech rights. But we must stop it from happening in the future.”

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