Amazon was fined for shipping goods to Crimea
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Amazon was fined for shipping goods to Crimea

9 July, 12:59In the worldPhoto: ixbt.com
The US Treasury Department fined Amazon for $ 134.5 thousand because the company supplied its goods and provided services to the citizens and companies from Iran, Syria and Crimea, which were put under US sanctions.

As noted on the government's department website, the maximum fine for such kind of violations reaches a billion dollars, but since the company voluntarily disclosed information about its transactions and subsequently eliminated the violations, the ministry considered that the violations were not very serious and reduced the amount of the fine.

“From November 2011 to October 2018 or so, Crimea, Iran and Syria placed orders or otherwise conducted business on Amazon sites. In addition, the company accepted and processed orders on its websites from foreign missions of Cuba, North Korea and Sudan”, - the message says. It is noted that the company's turnover with these countries reached 269 thousand US dollars. The amount of the fine amounted to half of the turnover.

Amazon previously banned the use of the face recognition system by the US police for a year. During this time, the government is invited to develop rigorous ethical standards for the use of this data. So far, only organizations that can help to find missing children and prevent people trafficking can access the database.

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