Amazon has filed an appeal against a heavy fine for alleged breaches of EU data protection rules
China News Service Brussels, October 15 (reporter De Yongjian) Us e-commerce giant Amazon filed an appeal with the Administrative Court of Luxembourg on Thursday after it was fined 746 million euros in July for breaching EU data protection regulations.
Luxembourg judiciary spokesperson confirmed the news to the media on the same day. Because Amazon has its European headquarters in Luxembourg, the Luxembourg authorities now oversee amazon's data protection in the EU market.
In mid-July, Luxembourg's National Data Protection Commission ruled that Amazon had breached the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by failing to protect user data and fined amazon 746m, the biggest penalty ever imposed on a company in breach of GDPR.
At the time, Amazon said the Luxembourg data Protection Commission's conclusions were "baseless" and that it would defend itself vigorously. After the news of the appeal came out on The 15th, Amazon did not comment on the case in the face of media inquiries, only reiterating that "Amazon does not disclose any data of EU users to third parties".
According to the procedure, after Amazon appeals, the Luxembourg Administrative Court will make a definitive ruling; If the parties do not agree with the ruling of the Luxembourg Administrative Court, they may appeal to the Luxembourg Administrative Court.
In May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation of the European Union, which is regarded as "the most stringent in the world", came into force. In a clear shot at Internet giants, the rules impose fines ranging from €10m or 2% of the previous year's global revenues to €20m or 4% of the previous year's global revenues (whichever is higher) for failing to protect users' data.
In addition to being fined for breaching EU data protection rules, Amazon is also under antitrust investigation by the EU; In November last year, the EU issued a preliminary conclusion that Amazon used seller data to avoid normal market competition risks and consolidated its position as the "largest online sales platform" in France and Germany, but this violated the EU anti-monopoly law and distorted the competition in the EU online retail market. If Amazon fails to reverse the decision, it could face further eu penalties. (after)