The Internet Advocates’ Watchlist for Ugly Laws: bills and laws most harmful to online consumers and entrepreneurs.


Kill Quill Law South Dakota (SB 106)

New Tax Burdens On E-Commerce

South Dakota’s “Kill Quill” law mandates that out-of-state merchants must pay sales tax when they serve South Dakota customers. South Dakota enacted this law as an invitation for lawmaking by judges because Congress had not seen fit to award states these new tax powers.

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Remote Transactions Parity Act (RTPA) (H.R. 2193)

Giving Tax Collectors Incredible new power

The Remote Transactions Parity Act (RTPA) would force businesses with no physical presence in a state to pay sales taxes on purchases by customers in those states. And just like the “Kill Quill” laws described in iAWFUL #1, small businesses would suffer most from the new burdens.

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Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) (SB 1693)

Good Intentions, But Wrong Solution

The federal Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) was intended to reduce sex trafficking via ads or listings that appear on some websites. We agree that the horrific crime of sex trafficking should be stopped, but SESTA is the wrong solution – written with little input from law enforcement and experts on internet law.

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The So-Called Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (HR 5190)

Antitrust Exemption for Big Media

#4 on the iAWFUL is probably the quirkiest one on the list. HR 5190 is a federal bill that would exempt big media companies from antitrust laws – in order to allow them to form an otherwise illegal cartel.

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New York Biometrics Privacy Laws (NY AB 9793)

Consumers Lose Services While Trial-Attorneys Win Big with Biometrics Privacy Laws

Fear of theoretical harms can generate bad law and policy. And when this policy empowers class-action lawyers to abuse bad policy, things can get truly iAWFUL.

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Massachusetts Regulation 830 CMR 64H.1.7

States Asserting Tax Nexus on Any Business Using Apps or Browser Cookies

Massachusetts tax collectors want to force out-of-state businesses to pay the Bay State’s sales tax. But the US Supreme Court’s Quill ruling holds that states can’t impose sales tax obligations on businesses who lack any physical presence in the state.

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EU Taxation of the Digital Economy

A New European Tax on Technology and Innovation

The “Fair Taxation of the Digital Economy Directive” is a blatant attempt by the European Union to tax large American tech companies and to reduce tax competition among EU countries.

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