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  • distorting competition in online retail.

  • That was the charge leveled at Amazon by the European Commission on Tuesday.

  • It marks antitrust chief Margaret Vestas latest tussle with the US tech giant.

  • She said the U takes issue with Amazon using non public business data of independent sellers who sell on its marketplace to the benefit of Amazon's own retail business.

  • Our concern is not about Amazon retail, about the insights that Amazon retails has into the sensitive business data of one particular Sellem.

  • Rather, they are about the insights that Amazon retail has about the accumulated business data, or more than 800,000 active sellers in the European Union covering more than a billion products.

  • In other words, this is the case about big data.

  • The probe, launched in July 2019, was triggered by complaints from traders.

  • The commission also opened a second investigation into Amazon's business practices, including the possible preferential treatment of the firm's own retail offers, as well as those off marketplace sellers that use Amazon's logistics and delivery services.

  • The Silicon Valley giant has disagreed with EU charges on can ask for a closed door hearing to defend itself, but the charges come as the pandemic has amplified Amazon's role in the global economy.

  • With online sales soaring under Vestas watched, the EU has imposed large fines on Alphabet's Google and other leading names.

  • The crackdown on big text power has also spread to the U.

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  • The Trump administration last month filed a historic monopoly lawsuit against Google.

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