Glitch in Amazon India Leaks Tax Data of Sellers

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A technical glitch in Amazon India’s platform has caused tax data leak of 400K sellers.

The data breach came to light after a media report, citing some Amazon vendors, said that the Merchant Tax Reports (MTR) of some sellers were visible. Some of the sellers that were affected were reportedly able to download tax reports of other vendors till Monday (January 7).

An MTR is a sales report for the ecommerce sellers to file the Goods and Service Tax (GST) return. “On Sunday, some sellers who attempted to download merchant tax reports for the month of December 2018 experienced a technical issue. Our teams identified the issue and resolved it on priority and sellers were soon able to download the correct MTR reports,” said an Amazon spokesperson.

Amazon, which has over 3 million sellers on its marketplace, as of February 2018, had pulled down the section for sellers to download the MTR report and reopened it after apparently fixing the issue. The breach, however, did not reveal sellers’ contact information.

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