August 15, 2020
Amazon Terminates Employees Who Leaked Customer Email Addresses and Phone Numbers

Amazon Fires Employees for Leaking Customer Email Addresses and Phone Numbers

Digital e-commerce giant Amazon has ousted employees who leaked customers’ email addresses and phone numbers to third-parties…

The world’s largest retailer (who surpassed Walmart in May of last year), Amazon, has fired a number of its employees for leaking customers’ phone numbers and email addresses with third-parties.

Amazon Terminates Employees Who Leaked Customer Email Addresses and Phone Numbers

Amazon sent an email to affected customers on Friday of last week, which TechCrunch obtained, disclosing it “terminated” an employee for sharing the data. The company also stated it is assisting and supporting law enforcement in their investigation and prosecution.

This isn’t Amazon’s first privacy breach. Last year, the company experienced another breach of customer email addresses, but did not provide details about that occurrence.

In yet another incident, Amazon — the parent company of Ring — fired employees for breaking protocol by watching recorded footage of customers’ homes. In that situation, there are no specific details as to the number of employees who were involuntarily separated but it is known there were four investigations into the matter.

Amazon customer email disclosing it fired employees for unauthorized sharing of data to third-parties
Credit: Amazon / TechCrunch

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