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NC tax man drops bid to see Amazon buyers’ data

RALEIGH — A federal court fight between North Carolina tax collectors and Amazon.com is over, with the online retailer’s customers satisfied that details of their purchases won’t be disclosed.

The American Civil Liberties Union said today the seven North Carolina residents it represents have dropped their fight over keeping private the names of the books and other items.

A federal judge in Amazon’s hometown of Seattle closed the case last month, ruling in October tax collectors aren’t entitled to know specifically what individual customers bought.

North Carolina’s Revenue Department was auditing taxes collected by Amazon and wanted names of North Carolina customers. The agency says it never wanted book titles.

Amazon did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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