Global e-commerce giant Amazon’s Turkey representative was fined TL 1.2 million ($152,122.32) after it was revealed that the site was unlawfully sharing users’ personal information.
The violation was revealed by Turkey’s Personal Data Protection Authority (KVKK) which later delivered the administrative fine.
The company objected to the fine; however, a court dismissed the objections following expert investigations and stood by the penalty decision.
The personal data was said to be transferred to the European Union and the United States without users’ consent.
In order to shop on Amazon you have to be a member of the site, which requires accepting the conditions. The obligatory member account made personal information open to sharing and does not fall under the category of “explicit consent” but rather reveals the pre-condition of the use of the services.