DENVER – Today, Democrats killed, on a party line vote, legislation that would have prevented the State of Colorado from collecting consumers’ online purchase history. Senate Bill 238, sponsored by House Republican Leaders Patrick Neville (R-Castle Rock) and Cole Wist (R-Centennial), would have required online retailers to contact customers directly about taxes owed, rather than furnish the purchase history to the Department of Revenue.
“The state government does not need to know peoples’ purchase history, especially when that information is sent to cities and counties with no standard of protection,” said Neville. “I cannot believe Democrats chose big brother over our personal privacy.”
“People currently have to self-report elements of their taxes, and this bill had provisions to help them understand what taxes are owed on their online transactions. Frankly, I am shocked that Democrats are content simply hoping this state-run database of highly personal information is never compromised, hacked or breached.”