Amazon likely to see $425mln EU privacy fine - WSJ

The company was not immediately available for a comment

  

Amazon.com Inc could be fined more than $425 million under the European Union's privacy law, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Luxembourg's data-protection commission, CNPD, has circulated a draft decision and proposed a fine highlighting Amazon's privacy practices among the bloc's 26 national data-protection authorities, the report said.

The case relates to Amazon's collection and use of individuals' personal data and violations under EU's landmark data privacy rules known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a source told the Journal.

GDPR requires companies to seek people's consent before using their personal data or face steep fines.

An EU court ruling last month annulled an order that required Amazon, which has its EU headquarters in Luxembourg City, to pay back taxes to the country.

Amazon was not immediately available for a comment.

(Reporting by Nivedita Balu in Bengaluru; Editing by Vinay Dwivedi) ((Nivedita.Balu@thomsonreuters.com; within U.S. +1 646 223 8780; outside U.S. +91 80 6749 4822/ Twitter: @niveditabalu;))

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