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Luxembourg fines Amazon $887 million under GDPR rules

Christian Fernsby |
Amazon on Friday disclosed it has received notice of a €746 million ($887 million) fine in Luxembourg under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for unlawful processing of personal data.

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The fine has yet to be confirmed by the Luxembourg National Commission for Data Protection (CNPD).

“Maintaining the security of our customers’ information and their trust are top priorities,” the Amazon spokesperson said.

“There has been no data breach, and no customer data has been exposed to any third party. These facts are undisputed. We strongly disagree with the CNPD’s ruling, and we intend to appeal. The decision relating to how we show customers relevant advertising relies on subjective and untested interpretations of European privacy law, and the proposed fine is entirely out of proportion with even that interpretation.”

In the filing, Amazon—whose European headquarters are based in Luxembourg—said it was notified of the fine by CNPD on July 16. The decision by the regulator further calls on Amazon to revise its data privacy practices.

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