Tue, 21 Sep 2021

Amazon hit with record EU data privacy fine

Robert Besser
03 Aug 2021, 20:46 GMT+10

BRUSSELS, Belgium: The Luxembourg National Commission for Data Protection (CNPD) imposed a record $886.6 million European Union fine on Amazon.com for processing personal data in violation of the bloc's GDPR rules, which require companies to seek the public's consent before using their personal data or face steep fines.

Stating that CNPD's decision was without merit, Amazon said it would appeal the fine.

"We believe the CNPD's decision to be without merit and intend to defend ourselves vigorously in this matter," Amazon said in a statement.

Globally, a regulatory scrutiny of tech giants, including Alphabet's Google, Facebook Inc, Apple Inc and Microsoft Corp, has been increasing following a string of scandals over privacy and misinformation, as well as complaints from some businesses that the companies abuse their market power.

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