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US Democrats want to interrogate Amazon chief Jeff Bezos

Approximately 900,000 US retailers sell goods through the Marketplace on amazon.com. Does Amazon use data from such transactions to gain advantages for itself? Amazon swore only aggregated data, but no information from individual retailers, at a hearing in front of the US House of Commons. Then reported that Wall Street Journal (WSJ) Other. The MPs feel jittery and demand Amazon boss Jeff Bezos' personal appearance.

According to the April newspaper report, individual Amazon employees have repeatedly analyzed data from marketplace retailers on specific products such as sales figures, expenses for marketing and shipping, and Amazon's margin in order to develop and sell their own products with their own brand. The WSJ gives an example of a car trunk organizer. Accordingly, the product-specific sales data of the corresponding retailer was used to counter the organizer with its own Amazon product.



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This is prohibited internally by Amazon, which the employees mentioned in the WSJ report also knew. Data from individual retailers may only be used for certain purposes, including the processing of sales, customer service, and fraud prevention – but in no case for the development of your own competing products. This was stated by Amazon lawyer Nate Sutton in the anti-trust subcommittee of the Justice Committee of the United States House of Representatives last July.

But the opposite report by the Wall Street Journal, according to which Amazon did use data from individual marketplace retailers for its own product development, alarmed the MPs. They consider Amazon's use of such business secrets for their own purposes as anti-competitive and therefore illegal.

In a letter on Friday, Amazon was "deeply concerned" that its own employees may have intentionally broken internal rules. The company knows that it has deliberately misled Parliament. And: "We are still ready to provide the committee with the right Amazon manager to tackle these important things," Amazon writes.

It is this sentence that particularly annoys the responsible MPs. "This is unacceptable," Democratic Justice Committee chairman Jerry Nadler tweeted, "Both parties have serious questions about Amazon's business practices and honesty with the committee. We will not tolerate a blockage in our investigation."

Politicians feel fooled and no longer want to be fobbed off with subordinates. No one less than Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos himself will answer questions. Dave Cicilline, also a democrat and chairman of the anti-trust subcommittee, threatens a summons that can lead to a compulsory demonstration: "Whether (Bezos) comes voluntarily or only after a summons is up to him."

The EU Commission launched a competition investigation against Amazon last July. She also suspects that Amazon may have adopted dishonest business practices in dealing with dealers on its own platform.

Hearing of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google representatives in July 2019 before the Antitrust Subcommittee of the US House Judiciary Committee


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