By Bob Unruh
Â©Â 2010Â WorldNetDaily
Want to buy a “long live theÂ tea party” bumper sticker online? Soon, theÂ state governmentÂ inÂ ColoradoÂ could know that you purchased it, what you paid for it, where it was shipped, whatÂ billingÂ address you used, and a few other details.
A plan requiring that consumers’ onlineÂ purchasesÂ be tracked, compiled into lists and reported annually has been launched in the state, and now a lawsuit is challenging the constitutionality of the Big Brother look into credit-card records.
TheÂ Direct Marketing Association’s lawsuit is over the state’s law that now gives “out-of-state retailers” the option of demanding consumers pay to them theÂ ColoradoÂ sales tax or complying with the information compilation and reporting requirements.
“The Department’s tax-policy director has stated publicly that he believes most affected retailers would choose to collectColoradoÂ sales tax to avoid the more unpleasant option of having to send tax notices to their customers,” the lawsuit alleges.
But there are threats to companies because of requirements that they keep consumers’ information private.
“The department was cited in a May 2008 report of the state auditor for its failure to take appropriate measures to protect the confidentiality of personally identifiable information that it maintains in its databases,”Â the complaint alleges.
The case in federal district court inÂ ColoradoÂ challenges the state’s action as “an unprecedented invasion of consumer privacy” and alleges it “unfairly discriminates against interstate commerce, as the law is targeted solely at out-of-state retailers.”
“The new law and the regulations implementing it are an unconstitutional and blatant violation ofÂ ColoradoÂ consumersâ€™ privacy,â€ said Jerry Cerasale, senior vice president for government affairs for the association.
“The law may have been passed in the hope of balancing the state budget through increased use-tax reporting byÂ Coloradoresidents, but it has serious adverse consequences for consumers and businesses,” he said.
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