CNET Reports on government atttempts to force Amazon to give up records.
Q&A: Amazon lawyer on feds' subpoena for 24,000 customer records
Posted by Declan McCullagh
Amazon.com won an important legal fight to preserve its customers' privacy by persuading a court to reject requests for 24,000 customer records made by federal prosecutors in Madison, Wis.
Documents in that case, in which the FBI and IRS are accusing an independent Amazon seller of skirting tax laws, came to light in the last week. But it's not the first time that police on a fishing expedition have demanded customer records from the Web's largest bookstore.