The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday joined a lawsuit filed by online retail giant Amazon.com against the North Carolina Department of Revenue over customer information.
Amazon filed suit in federal court in Seattle in April to block the department's attempt to get the names and addresses of North Carolina residents who bought or received items from the company since 2003.
According to the lawsuit, Amazon has already provided the Revenue Department with data about the purchases, including product codes that reveal the exact items purchased.
The information the state wants would cover about 50 million purchases, according to the lawsuit.
State revenue officials have called the lawsuit "misleading," saying they never asked the retailer to turn over detailed information that would reveal personal preferences.
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