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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

EU Antitrust Watchdog Files Charges Against Amazon Over Unfair Use of Data

EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager announced on Tuesday the fresh round of antitrust charges filed against e-commerce giant Amazon due to its alleged unfair usage of data which jeopardized competition for its platform’s small sellers in Germany and France.

EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager announced on Tuesday the fresh round of antitrust charges filed against e-commerce giant Amazon due to its alleged unfair usage of data which jeopardized competition for its platform’s small sellers in Germany and France.

The accusations triggered the investigation of the EU’s executive arm into Amazon’s dual role as a marketplace for vendors and also as a rival seller on its own platform.

According to the European Commission, authorities probed whether the U.S. cloud computing giant has been harvesting non-public marketplace data to use it for the advantage of its own-label products and services.

Vestager also said that the bloc’s executive branch opened a second antitrust investigation to determine whether the e-commerce giant gave preferential treatment to its own retail offers and independent sellers that use Amazon’s logistics and delivery services.

“We must ensure that dual role platforms with market power, such as Amazon, do not distort competition,” Vestager said in a statement.

“Data on the activity of third-party sellers should not be used to the benefit of Amazon when it act as a competitor to these sellers. The conditions of competition on the Amazon platform must also be fair.”

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