Amazon Fined $886M Over Privacy Concerns

On Friday, Amazon disclosed its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, revealing that the Commission Nationale pour la Protection des Données (CNPD), Luxembourg’s data protection group, had fined the retail giant €746m (or $886m).

The fine, issued on July 16, is the largest fine on record under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law. The CNPD issued the fine because Amazon’s European headquarters are located in Luxembourg.

Investigation into Amazon’s privacy concerns began after French privacy advocacy group La Quadrature du Net waged a complaint in 2018 over how the company obtains information for targeted advertisements. In a blog post, La Quadrature du Net wrote that the decision to fine Amazon “comes after three years of silence that made us fear the worst.”

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