‘Beastly’ system marking every purchase you make
Lawsuit challenges state’s demand for reporting of online transactions
By Bob Unruh
Want to buy a “long live the tea party” bumper sticker online? Soon, the state government in Colorado could know that you purchased it, what you paid for it, where it was shipped, what billing address you used, and a few other details.
A plan requiring that consumers’ online purchases 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.
The 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 the Colorado sales tax or complying with the information compilation and reporting requirements.