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Attention Amazon shoppers: E-retailer fires staffers for sharing customers’ private data

Amazon has fired a number of employees for breaking company policy by sharing private customer data with a third party on the heels of another privacy scandal involving its Ring doorbell cameras. 

The e-commerce giant with millions of customers sent out an email on Friday letting some shoppers know that their email address and phone number was “disclosed by an Amazon employee to a third party,” TechCrunch reports

It’s unclear how many customers received the email on Friday, or exactly how many employees were terminated for such offenses. Amazon said its internal systems alerted the company about suspicious behavior. 

“The individuals responsible for this incident have been terminated and we are supporting law enforcement in their prosecution,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement. 

What’s more alarming is that there was nothing customers could do to stop it, and you can’t respond to the email Amazon sent out for information. Amazon also did not identify the third party involved.

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“This is not a result of anything you have done, and there is no need for you to take any action,” Amazon’s customer service division said in the email.

Earlier in January, Amazon confirmed that its security camera division Ring fired four staffers for snooping on customers’ video feeds. 

“In each instance, once Ring was made aware of the alleged conduct, Ring promptly investigated the incident, and after determining that the individual violated company policy, terminated the individual,” Amazon Vice President of Public Policy Brian Huseman wrote in a letter to senators. 

Follow Dalvin Brown on Twitter: @Dalvin_Brown. 

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