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The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to block Amazon from using its e-commerce platform etsy.
The move is a major victory for the digital rights group, which filed suit last week against Amazon.
In a blog post, EFF President Corynne McSherry said that Amazon is violating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) and the U,S.
Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
EFF is concerned that Amazon’s use of the e-tsy platform will allow its own vendors to violate privacy laws by using e-mails to track customers’ online behavior.
“The use of etsy’s platform will give them access to the vast amount of information on the internet, including sensitive customer information,” McSury said.
“This information can be used to target customers based on the user’s shopping history, and to sell targeted products.”
McSherry also noted that Amazon has been using etsy for years, but that it has never been subjected to the same scrutiny as e-shops.
The Electronic Frontier’s lawsuit follows a similar case filed last month by the Electronic Frontier Institute (EFF), which is seeking to stop the collection of data by a large provider of e-readers.
The case was brought by EFF and a group of other digital rights groups after a judge ruled that the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) was too big to fail and could not be compelled to turn over customer data.
Amazon, meanwhile, has said that it is committed to protecting its customers’ privacy, and that it will continue to use etsy to share information about how customers shop and the products they purchase.
Amazon said it would work with the U of T to help ensure that users’ information is only used for authorized purposes.
The EFF said that its lawsuit was “not a victory for Amazon, but a victory against the federal government.”
“The federal government has a serious and growing record of violating the privacy rights of its customers,” McSchury said, adding that Amazon should also be subject to the FTC’s consumer protection laws.
“Amazon’s decision to block access to etsy violates ECPA and the DMCA,” McShury said in a statement.
“It is a clear violation of the fundamental right to privacy and it puts Amazon in violation of federal law that prevents companies from selling our personal information to third parties without our consent.”
The Electronic Privacy Act, which was signed into law in 1978, requires Internet service providers to keep customers’ personal information secure and private.
But the act has been under fire from privacy advocates since it was written, and has been used by a number of companies in recent years to help thwart anti-piracy measures and to fight online copyright infringement.