The European Union (EU) accused Amazon of using sensitive data from independent sellers on its platform to benefit its retail sales.
At a press conference in Brussels, Senior Vice President of the EU Commission Margrethe Vestager announced that the virtual shopping site Amazon, headquartered in the USA, violated the EU competition rules, according to preliminary investigations.
Pointing out that the Amazon platform is a market for other sellers, but also plays the role of a retailer competing with these sellers, Vestager said, “We must make sure that platforms that have significant market power and double roles do not distort the competition.
Noting that Amazon should not use third-party vendors’ data to benefit it, Vestager said, “Competition conditions on the Amazon platform should also be fair. Amazon’s rules should not artificially support sellers using the company’s own retail products or Amazon’s logistics or delivery services.”
Stating that they have officially reported the allegations to the company, Vestager stressed that they have initiated a new competition investigation to determine whether Amazon is treating sellers using its own delivery service on its platform.
The EU Commission has the authority to monitor whether there is an anti-competitive situation in the sectors of companies operating in EU countries.
The Commission is assessing whether there is an anticompetitive situation in these investigations.
If situations that could harm competition are detected, the EU Commission puts an end to this situation and imposes high fines on companies.