Amazon has fired an employee for leaking user email addresses and phone numbers

Amazon has fired an employee for leaking user email addresses and phone numbers

Amazon has fired an employee after it shared customer email address and phone number with a third-party “in violation of our policies,” according to an email seen by TechCrunch.

The email, which was sent to customers on Friday afternoon, said the employee was “terminated” and the company is supporting law enforcement in their prosecution.

“No other information related to your account was shared. This is not a result of anything you have done, and there is no need for you to take any action,” the email read to customers.

But little else is known about the employee, when the information was shared and with whom, and how many customers are affected. Amazon confirmed the incident in an email to TechCrunch, but a spokesperson would not comment beyond what was in the email to customers.

It’s not the first time it’s happened. Amazon was just as vague about a similar breach of email addresses last year, in which Amazon declined to comment further.

In a separate incident, Amazon said this week that it fired four employee at Ring, one of the retail giant’s smart camera and door bell subsidiaries. Ring said it fired the employees for improperly viewing video footage from customer cameras.

 

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