Amazon hit with record E.U. data privacy fine

Amazon has been hit with a record $886.6 million European Union fine for processing personal data in violation of the bloc’s GDPR rules.

7/30/2021 11:53:00 PM

Amazon has been hit with a record $886.6M EU fine for processing personal data in violation of the bloc’s GDPR rules, as privacy regulators take a more aggressive position on enforcement.

Amazon has been hit with a record $886.6 million European Union fine for processing personal data in violation of the bloc’s GDPR rules.

An Amazon worker collects a package from a conveyor at an Amazon Inc. fulfillment center in Frankenthal, Germany, on Oct. 13, 2020.Thorsten Wagner / Bloomberg via Getty Images fileJuly 30, 2021, 6:38 PM UTC/July 30, 2021, 6:53 PM UTCByReutersAmazon has been hit with a record $886.6 million European Union fine for processing personal data in violation of the bloc’s GDPR rules, as privacy regulators take a more aggressive position on enforcement.

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The Luxembourg National Commission for Data Protection (CNPD) imposed the fine on Amazon in a July 16 decision, the company disclosed in a regulatory filing on Friday.Amazon will appeal the fine, according to a company spokesperson. The e-commerce giant said in the filing it believed CNPD’s decision was without merit.

CNPD did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The E.U.’s General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, requires companies to seek people’s consent before using their personal data or face steep fines.Globally, regulatory scrutiny of tech giants has been increasing following a string of scandals over privacy and misinformation, as well as complaints from some businesses that they abuse their market power. headtopics.com

Alphabet’s Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft have drawn heightened scrutiny in Europe.In December, France’s data privacy watchdog handed out its biggest ever fine of 100 million euros ($118.82 million) to Google for breaching the nation’s rules on online advertising trackers.

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Interestingly, there has been no data breach, and no customer data has been exposed to any third party. Amazon used data meant for improving customer experience to favor its own products (that is not quite in line with the Purpose Specification Principle) Anything enforced by a fine is something only the poor must obey.

Amazon hit with $886 million EU data privacy fineAmazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) has been hit with an $886.6 million (746 million euro) European Union fine for processing personal data in violation of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the e-commerce giant said on Friday.

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