Amazon.com said on Friday it would make an”appropriate” executive available to the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee to testify about allegations related to the Way the Firm uses third-party Vendors’ data.
The panel had called on chief executive Jeff Bezos to testify. Amazon’s website late on Friday did not commit to a specific individual or consideration for who could eventually testify.
“We’ve been working with the Committee in good faith for almost a year to provide answers and information, and we remain prepared to create the appropriate Amazon executive available to the Committee to deal with these problems,” Amazon stated from the blog post.
The Wall Street Journal reported last month that the online retailer used data from its third-party sellers to make competing products.
In a letter to Bezos this month signed by Democratic and Republican members of this panel, U.S. lawmakers called the April 23 WSJ report, saying,”When the reporting in the Wall Street Journal article is accurate, then statements Amazon made to the committee about the company’s business practices appear to be misleading, and potentially criminally false or perjurious.”
At issue were statements by Amazon’s associate general counsel, Nate Sutton, that refused under oath last July that Amazon utilized sensitive company information from independent sellers on its platform to produce products for Amazon to sell.
The business has previously said any such practices would violate its own policies.
Amazon sent a letter to the panel on Friday in response to the committee May 1 letter and reiterated that any allegations that there was this kind of policy violation would be researched.