The announcement comes as Amazon comes under fire for taking advantage of the health crisis. The European Commission accused the American e-commerce giant Amazon on Tuesday (November 10th) of having violated European competition rules by taking advantage of data from independent retailers using its website.

Brussels also announced, in a press release, that it had opened a second investigation for anti-competitive practices targeting the platform, suspecting preferential treatment of offers from Amazon or sellers in its marketplace using the delivery services of the American giant.

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The European Commission said it has “informed Amazon that it considers, on a preliminary basis, that this company has violated EU rules on anti-competitive practices by distorting competition in online retail markets“.

The American company sells products directly on its website, but also provides independent sellers with a marketplace where they can sell to consumers.

Data relating to the activity of third-party sellers should not be used for the benefit of Amazon when it acts as a competitor of these sellers. The conditions of competition on Amazon’s platform must also be level.“, said Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager.

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The European Commission is also due to announce new legislation in December to better regulate and make major internet platforms more transparent, in particular by updating its 20-year-old e-commerce directive, when new digital players were no longer available. not yet born or were taking their first steps.

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