EU to Charge Amazon with Antitrust Violations

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In a statement published Tuesday, the European Commission said it took issue with Amazon using independent sellers’ data to benefit its own retail business. It also announced a second formal investigation into Amazon’s e-commerce processes.

Should Amazon be able to analyze data it gathers from its vast number of third-party sellers to help it create new Amazon-branded products? The EU’s strategy of suing big tech (as opposed to investing in big tech) aside, this is a fundamental question. We all gather and use competitive data in our marketing; Amazon just has more data than we can ever hope to obtain. Should there be a “Chinese Wall” between third-party sales data and Amazon’s marketing group? The EU says yes. What do you say?

 

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About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is a business advisor and technology consultant. He helps Fortune 500 companies with digital transformation, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn's Top Voice in Technology, he is the co-host of "Think About This with Shelly Palmer & Ross Martin." He covers tech and business for Good Day New York, writes a weekly column for Adweek, is a regular commentator on CNN and CNBC, and writes a popular daily business blog. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com

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