Amazon fined 746 million euros in Luxembourg

On November 10, 2014, a view of the European headquarters of the American multinational Amazon, in the Clausen valley, Luxembourg. EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP

Amazon is once again in the crosshairs of justice for its management of the private data of Internet users. The American giant announced on Friday August 30 that it had been fined 746 million euros in Luxembourg for non-compliance with European regulations on private data.

The Luxembourg Data Protection Commission (CNPD) “Claims that Amazon’s data processing did not comply with European Union data protection regulations”, Amazon reported in a stock paper released on Friday.

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This condemnation is ” unfounded “, the group also said in this document, saying in a separate statement that it intends to appeal. “There was no data leak, and no customer data was exposed to any third party”, adds the group.

Already sentenced in 2020

Amazon had already been sentenced at the end of 2020 to a fine of 35 million euros by the National Commission for Informatics and Freedoms (CNIL), for non-compliance with the legislation on cookies, advertising tracers. Google was then also fined 100 million euros.

Gafam (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft) are regularly criticized for the way they use the personal data of their users. Brussels tried to bring order by imposing in 2018 its general data protection regulation (GDPR), which has established itself as a global benchmark.

Businesses must seek consent from citizens when requesting their personal data, inform them of the use that will be made of it and allow them to delete the data. Violations can be punished with heavy fines.

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According to the new European regulation on digital services, platforms will no longer be able to use data collected through several services to target a user against their will. They will also have to provide client companies with access to the data they generate. Outside of Europe, the American justice validated in 2020 a fine of 5 billion dollars imposed on Facebook for not having known how to protect personal data.

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