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    Amazon data breach reveals private details of customers ahead of Black Friday

    Amazon has suffered a data breach, disclosing the names and email addresses of a number of its users, in a blow ahead of its busiest time of year.
    The retail giant confirmed it had "informed customers" who may have been affected by the disclosure, which happened due to a technical error on Amazon's website.
    Writing to customers, Amazon had said: "We’re contacting you to let you know that our website inadvertently disclosed your name and email address due to a technical error.
    "The issue has been fixed. This is not a result of anything you have done, and there is no need for you to change your password or take any other action."
    When approached about the disclosure, Amazon declined to give any further details about how many users may have been affected, although the email is thought to have been sent to customers across the world, as well as members of the Amazon Vine review program.
    It is thought it must have been found relatively recently though as, under GDPR, introduced across Europe earlier this year, companies must inform users data breaches within 72 hours of discovery.
    Under the rules, Amazon also "must assess if a breach should be reported to the ICO, or to the equivalent supervisory body if they are not based in the UK", the UK watchdog, the Information Commissioner's Office, said.
    “It is always the company’s responsibility to identify when UK citizens have been affected as part of a data breach and take steps to reduce any harm to consumers.
    “The ICO will however continue to monitor the situation and cooperate with other supervisory authorities where required.”

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