Amazon is set for an early Christmas present as a Luxembourg judge suspended a court order needing a day-to-day $750,000 payment towards a contested $844 m (EUR746 m) fine.
The charge comes from a July judgment versus Amazon Europe Core S.à r.l. in which the Luxembourg National Commission for Data Protection (CNPD) declared that Amazon’s processing of individual information did not abide by the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
This is according to a monetary filing accompanying Amazon’s Q2 2021 profits report [PDF].
Amazon stated it would challenge the judgment, which it considered to have no benefit.
In a declaration to The Register at the time, the international e-commerce leviathan stated: “Maintaining the security of our clients’ info and their trust are leading concerns. There has actually been no information breach, and no consumer information has actually been exposed to any 3rd party. These realities are indisputable. We highly disagree with the CNPD’s judgment, and we plan to appeal.
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” The choice associating with how we reveal consumers pertinent marketing depends on subjective and untried analyses of European personal privacy law, and the proposed fine is completely out of percentage with even that analysis.”
The EUR746 m fine was the biggest charge under GDPR to date, topping the previous record of EUR50 m from the French National Commission on Informatics and Liberty (CNIL) versus Google in 2019 by practically 15 times. Amazon’s fine is more than two times the amount of all previous GDPR charges integrated (EUR303 m).
The judge ruled that the orders by the Luxembourg information security authority were not “adequately clear, accurate and without unpredictability” to permit Amazon to fulfill the final notice, according to Bloomberg.
At a hearing previously this month, Amazon legal representative Thomas Berger stated the guard dog’s due date was “impractical” since it’s unclear what modifications are needed. “We have no assistance about what we require to do, so how do we do it?” ®