Sep 19, 2018

EU wants 'full picture' on Amazon data use

The EU's competition chief says she is looking into Amazon's use of data from sellers on its site amid concerns that it might harness it to boost its own retail sales. Margrethe Vestager warned of a potential conflict between the US firm's role as both a selling platform and a retailer competing for business. "The question here is about the data," she said at a press conference, noting that Amazon could use insights from merchant sales to help its own retail business. Amazon, which reported sales of nearly $180bn last year, declined to comment. Amazon's size has prompted calls from critics such as US President Donald Trump for regulators to break up the company.

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