Online mega-retailer Amazon reportedly has launched an investigation into employees who may have accepted bribes from independent merchants in exchange for sharing private corporate data.

Citing sellers and brokers with knowledge of the practice, as well as people familiar with Amazon's investigations, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that data being shared in violation of company policy includes internal sales metrics and reviewers' email addresses.

Reportedly, the scheme is especially prevalent in China, where brokers and sellers typically use third-party intermediaries to exchange the forbidden data for payments ranging from roughly $80 to more than $2,000. However, employees in the U.S. are also under investigation, the WSJ notes.

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