“EPIC is one of almost 500,000 Amazon associates,” Bill Curry, an Amazon spokesman, said. “We respect their decision.” An Amazon associate is a company that puts links on their Web site to Amazon’s site and receives a referral fee every time they drive business to the online retailer, Curry explained.
Amazon maintains that the new policy, unveiled at the beginning of this month, serves to tighten up the terms of its previous, more open policy.
“The old policy had a provision that said we don’t sell, rent, lease or share information with third parties, (but that Amazon) may choose to do so in the future,” Curry said. “That’s a pretty broad statement with a lot of flexibility.”
Curry said that the talk circulating in the market that Amazon in the past had issued “some guarantee of never selling (customer data) wasn’t the case.”
EPIC announced earlier Wednesday that it was immediately ending its relationship with Amazon and seeking a new way to distribute its books and other materials.
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