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Amazon Sack Staff After Markeplace Supplier Probe

An investigation by Amazon into the misuse of data in particular supplier information has resulted in several Amazon employees being sacked.

ChannelNews understands that staff in the USA, China and India were peddling confidential information on top selling items after being bribed by questionable Amazon Marketplace partners.

The people sacked are believed to have had access to an internal database which has now been disabled so no further data could be copied.

Amazon said staff that broke its “high ethical standards” are now no longer employed at the Company.

The latest sacking are part of an ongoing investigation into questionable suppliers tried to use internal Amazon staff to trick its systems into making their products more prominent.

About three million merchants are believed to sell their goods via Amazon.

Some tricks involve posting fake reviews, both good and bad, or filing lots of searches for products to spoof interest in them so Amazon’s algorithms flag them as being in demand.

Amazon has now reduced access to internal sales data and limited how many searches can be done on the database.

Amazon told BBC News it had “sophisticated systems to restrict and audit access” to its internal sales data.

“We hold our employees to a high ethical standard and anyone in violation of our code faces discipline, including termination and potential legal and criminal penalties.”

It said it also took action against “bad actors” and would delete accounts, withhold funds and remove reviews if it found they were abusing its system.

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