The Internet giant has been fined 746 million dollars in Luxembourg, for not respecting the European regulation on the private data of Internet users. It has already announced its intention to appeal.
Amazon announced Friday, July 30, that it has been fined 746 million dollars in Luxembourg for not complying with European regulations on private data of Internet users. The Luxembourg Commission for Data Protection (CNPD) “asserts that Amazon’s data processing did not comply with the European Union’s data protection regulations,” Amazon said in a stock exchange filing published Friday.
Amazon wants to appeal
This conviction is “without merit” also said the group in this document, stating in a separate statement that it intends “to appeal”. “There has been no data leakage, and no customer data has been exposed to any third party,” the group further added. Amazon had already been sentenced in late 2020 to 35 million dollars in fines by the French equivalent of the CNPD, the Cnil, for non-compliance with legislation on cookies, advertising trackers. Google had also been fined 100 million dollars.
GAFAM(Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft) in the sights
Gafam is regularly criticized for the way they use their users’ personal data. Brussels attempted to bring order by imposing its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2018, which has become a global reference. Companies must ask for citizens’ consent when claiming their personal data, inform them of how it will be used and allow them to delete the data. Failure to do so can result in heavy fines. According to the new European regulation on digital services, platforms will no longer be able to use data collected across multiple services to target a user against their will. They will also have to provide business customers with access to the data they generate. Outside Europe, the American justice system validated a $5 billion fine imposed on Facebook in 2020 for failing to protect personal data.