The EU fines Amazon nearly $900 million for violating data protection laws.

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The European Union has fined Amazon nearly $900 million for allegedly violating the alliance’s data protection laws, according to investigators.

The fine was imposed a few weeks ago, but Amazon only disclosed it on Friday in a securities filing.

The penalty was imposed by the EU’s National Commission for Data Protection, which found Amazon in violation of a data protection law.

The watchdog said Amazon data-processing practices were not in line with the statute.

As part of the penalty, the commission urged Amazon to change certain business practices.

The retail giant said in a response to the fine that none of its practices have violated the EU law.

“The decision … relies on subjective and untested interpretations of European privacy law, and the proposed fine is entirely out of proportion,” Amazon said, according to The Wall Street Journal.

“Maintaining the security of our customers’ information and their trust are top priorities,” the company added, according to CNBC.

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Regulators last month had proposed a $425 million fine for Amazon.

In its response, Amazon said it’s planning to appeal the punishment.

“We strongly disagree with the CNPD’s ruling,” a spokesperson for the company said, according to the CNBC report.

The fine was revealed a day after Amazon reported $113 billion in second-quarter revenue. The April-July period was the third consecutive quarter with at least $100 billion in revenue, but it fell short of most analysts’ expectations by about $2 billion.

Amazon is not the only tech company that has recently been targeted. Google was recently fined $267 million in France for abusing its power in the online marketplace, and $600 million earlier this month for content violations.

 

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