With good news about civil rights becoming increasingly rare nowadays I am pleased to report a small victory:
U.S. prosecutors have withdrawn a subpoena seeking the identities of thousands of people who bought used books through online retailer Amazon.com Inc., newly unsealed court records show.
The withdrawal came after a judge ruled the customers have a right to keep their reading habits from the government.
In one of the most poetic metaphors I have ever read in a legal ruling, Judge Stephen Crocker wrote:
"The (subpoena's) chilling effect on expressive e-commerce would frost keyboards across America."