Amazon challenges $865M fine imposed by Luxembourg National Commission for Data Protection

By Legal Wires 2 Minutes Read

Amazon has filed an appeal at the Luxembourg Administrative Tribunal challenging an $865M fine imposed by Luxembourg National Commission for Data Protection (CNPD). The penalty was handed down for violations of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Amazon was first brought under scrutiny by La Quadrature du Net, a French Privacy Advocacy group in the year 2018 wherein the group filed a complaint that led to an investigation by CNPD. In July 2021, CNPD found that the processing of personal data by Amazon was not in compliance with GDPR and thereafter Amazon was subsequently asked to pay the penalty and improve its business practices.

The CNPD issued an earlier statement which said that the national law on data protection binds the authority to professional secrecy and therefore prevents it from commenting on individual cases. Although Amazon has not issued an official statement after filing the appeal but did say in a related US Securities and Exchange Commission filing that, “We believe the CNPD’s decision to be without merit and intend to defend ourselves vigorously in this matter. There has been no data breach, and no customer data has been exposed to any third party.“

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