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January 21, 2010

States Looking For Tax Revenue From Online Sales

Filed under: Electronic Resources — Tags: — uhlawlibrary @ 8:00 am

BNA’s Electronic Commerce & Law Report offers a year in review:  Statehouses Begin 2010 With Measures On Digital Tax, Social Networks, Data Security

At the beginning of 2010, state legislatures are actively considering new laws to tax commerce in digital goods, to childproof social networking websites, and to impose obligations on businesses to take better care of digital data in their possession—data security, data breach, “red flags,” and other identity theft proposals are working their way through many state legislatures.

  • After New York’s so-called “Amazon tax” withstood a commerce clause challenge in January 2009, lawmakers in several other states drafted similar bills.
  • Lawmakers in several states considered, and two enacted, digital download tax legislation in 2009 (14 ECLR 1322, 9/16/09).
  • Five state legislatures enter 2010 poised to consider tougher penalties, both civil and criminal, for spyware installation.
  • Only a small handful of states are currently considering anti-spam legislation, a trend that seems to be consistent with prior years.
  • Legislative discussions involving social networks in 2009 largely centered on protecting the privacy and security of users.
  • The handful of data security bills set for consideration by state lawmakers thus far in 2010 include proposed laws to amend personal data destruction rules for companies.

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