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The European Commission has opened an antitrust investigation into whether Amazon is using data from independent sellers on its platform for competitive advantage.
A statement from the Commission pointed to Amazon’s dual—and perhaps conflicting—roles as a retailer of products and as a marketplace where other merchants also sell goods.
“When providing a marketplace for independent sellers, Amazon continuously collects data about the activity on its platform,” the Commission said in its announcement. “Based on the Commission’s preliminary fact-finding, Amazon appears to use competitively sensitive information—about marketplace sellers, their products and transactions on the marketplace.”
The Commission said it will carry out a thorough investigation “as a matter of priority.”