Antitrust Case 40462 | Amazon Marketplace

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Series Details AT.40462
Publication Date 2019-
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Reports and information relating to an in-depth investigation conducted by the European Commission on whether Amazon's use of sensitive data from independent retailers who sell on its marketplace is in breach of EU competition rules.

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Amazon features a dual role as a platform - it sells products on its website as a retailer and provides a marketplace where independent sellers can sell products direcyl to consumers. In the latter scenario, Amazon continuously collects data about the activity on its platform. The in-depth investigation - announced by the European Commission on 17 July 2019 - aims to look into the standard agreements between Amazon and marketplace sellers and the role of data in the selection of the winners of the 'Buy Box' and the impact of Amazon's potential use of competitively sensitive marketplace seller information on that selection.

Source Link http://ec.europa.eu/competition/elojade/isef/case_details.cfm?proc_code=1_40462
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Bloomberg, 16/07/2019: Amazon in EU Crosshairs as Vestager Fights Big Tech to the End https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-16/amazon-faces-eu-probe-as-vestager-plans-summer-finale
Politico, 17/07/2019: EU antitrust probe targets Amazon’s ‘dual role’ https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-antitrust-probe-targets-amazons-dual-role/
TIME, 17/07/2019: E.U. Investigates Amazon Over Use of Retailer Info To Gain Competitive Edge https://time.com/5628149/eu-investigates-amazon-data/
France24, 17/07/2019: EU launches probe into Amazon data misuse allegations https://www.france24.com/en/20190717-amazon-european-union-investigation-data-antitrust
Deutsche Welle, 17/07/2019: EU opens antitrust probe into Amazon over use of merchant data https://p.dw.com/p/3MBql
RTÉ News, 17/07/2019: EU regulators to investigate Amazon over merchant data https://www.rte.ie/news/2019/0717/1063573-amazon-eu-probe/
Reuters, 17/07/2019: Amazon under EU antitrust fire over use of merchant data https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKKCN1UC0WC
The Irish Times, 17/07/2019: EU to inquire into Amazon’s use of merchants’ data on its website https://www.irishtimes.com/business/technology/eu-to-inquire-into-amazon-s-use-of-merchants-data-on-its-website-1.3959039
The Guardian, 17/07/2019: Amazon faces EU inquiry over treatment of small retailers https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/jul/17/amazon-faces-eu-inquiry-over-treatment-of-small-retailers
BBC News, 17/07/2019: Amazon Marketplace to be investigated by the EU https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49014859
EurActiv, 18/07/2019: Commission opens investigation into Amazon’s handling of data https://www.euractiv.com/section/competition/news/commission-opens-investigation-into-amazons-handling-of-data/

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European Commission: Press Release, 17/07/2019: Commission opens investigation into possible anti-competitive conduct of Amazon http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-19-4291_en.htm

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