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Amazon employees leaked customer data–again

The employees have been fired.


Alexandra Samuels


Posted on Jan 11, 2020   Updated on May 19, 2021, 6:05 pm CDT

Tech-giant Amazon has fired several employees after they shared customer email addresses and phone numbers with a third party, Yahoo News reports.

According to an email sent to a group of customers Friday—which TechCrunch has reviewed—an employee who shared the information was “terminated” and the company is coordinating with law enforcement in their prosecution. 

The email reveals nothing about the employee, who he or she was working with, where the information was shared, who it was shared with, and how many people were affected by the leak. 

“No other information related to your account was shared. This is not a result of anything you have done, and there is no need for you to take any action,” the email says.

An Amazon spokesperson told Business Insider that its internal system detected “suspicious behavior” and immediately fired several employees involved.

The spokesperson declined to share details on how many employees were involved, Business Insider reports. 

This is not the first time Amazon has dealt with a breach of customer information. In late 2018, the company similarly admitted to exposing customer email addresses.

And in a separate incident this week, Amazon fired four Ring employees who were improperly viewing footage from customer’s cameras. 


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*First Published: Jan 11, 2020, 1:47 pm CST