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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 12, 2010
1:04 PM

CONTACT: ACLU

Rachel Myers, National ACLU, (212) 549-2689 or 2666; media@aclu.org

ACLU In Federal Court In Seattle Wednesday Arguing To Protect Internet Users' Rights

Government Collection Of Amazon.com Customers' Personal Information Unconstitutional, Says Group

SEATTLE - October 12 - The American Civil Liberties Union will be in federal court in Seattle Wednesday, October 13 to argue that requests by the North Carolina Department of Revenue (NCDOR) for detailed information about purchases made by Amazon.com customers are unconstitutional because they violate Internet users' rights to free speech, anonymity and privacy.

The arguments come in a lawsuit originally filed by Amazon.com in April 2010 to stop NCDOR from collecting personally identifiable information about customers that could be linked to their specific purchases on Amazon. The ACLU, ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation and ACLU of Washington, on behalf of seven Amazon.com customers, intervened in the lawsuit in June. NCDOR has filed motions to have both the Amazon and ACLU complaints dismissed, and Amazon has filed a motion for summary judgment.

More information about the case is available online at: www.aclu.org/free-speech-technology-and-liberty/amazoncom-llc-v-kenneth-r-lay

WHAT:
Arguments in Amazon.com, LLC v. Kenneth R. Lay, a lawsuit to stop the NCDOR from collecting personally identifiable information that could be linked to customers' specific purchases on Amazon.

WHO:
Aden Fine, staff attorney with the ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, will argue for the intervenor plaintiffs before U.S. District Judge Marsha J. Pechman of the Western District of Washington. Other attorneys on the case are Katy Parker of the ACLU of North Carolina, Sarah Dunne of the ACLU of Washington and cooperating attorney Venkat Balasubramani of the Focal PLLC law firm.

WHEN:
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
1:30 p.m. PDT

WHERE:
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
700 Stewart Street, Courtroom 14206
Seattle, WA

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