Amazon to appeal data breach fine – Drapers

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Amazon has been hit with a $886.6m (£636m) fine for allegedly breaking European Union data protection laws.

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The fine was issued by Luxembourg's National Commission for Data Protection, which claimed the tech giant's processing of personal data did not comply with EU law.

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules state that companies need to seek people's consent before using their personal data.

Amazon said it believed the fine to be "without merit", adding that it would defend itself "vigorously".

An Amazon spokesman said: “Maintaining the security of our customers’ information and their trust are top priorities. 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 [National Commission for Data Protection] 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.”

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