Leaked Documents Show Amazon Lobbied EU Parliament to Weaken e-Privacy Rules

The document leaked to website Politico showed the internet shopping firm had split support for a tougher approach to regulating tracking cookies and other forms of data gathering by websites among members of the European Parliament.

Online retail giant Amazon lobbied European Union parliamentarians and split support for stronger online privacy rules, leaked documents reveal.

The internal company document obtained by news website Politico showed the transnational firm boasting of its success in dividing support among MEPs for toughening up the proposed ePrivacy Regulation further than the European Council – a gathering of the governments of the 27 member states – was prepared to go.

It said the outcomes of votes in the European Parliament showed that harder position that “differs radically from views expressed in the Council” was gaining less traction.

The proposed ePrivacy Regulation is still under discussion but would supersede existing EU legislation if adopted. It would regulate how internet service providers and websites, including Amazon and social media such as Facebook and Twitter, collect and use their clients’ data.

Those firms using electronic codes called trackers stored on users’ computers and other internet devices to see what other sites they have visited – and use that to target them with content from paying advertisers.

The revelations came a day after French data protection watchdog CNIL fined Amazon €35 million (£32 million, $42.5 million) and search engine colossus Google €100 million (£91 million, $121 million) for breaking regulations around tracking cookies.

Sourse: sputniknews.com

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