Amazon to share more information on counterfeit goods with police

The e-commerce giant is more aggressively cracking down on fakes on its platform.

Abrar Al-Heeti Technology Reporter
Abrar Al-Heeti is a technology reporter for CNET, with an interest in phones, streaming, internet trends, entertainment, pop culture and digital accessibility. She's also worked for CNET's video, culture and news teams. She graduated with bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Though Illinois is home, she now loves San Francisco -- steep inclines and all.
Expertise Abrar has spent her career at CNET analyzing tech trends while also writing news, reviews and commentaries across mobile, streaming and online culture. Credentials
  • Named a Tech Media Trailblazer by the Consumer Technology Association in 2019, a winner of SPJ NorCal's Excellence in Journalism Awards in 2022 and has three times been a finalist in the LA Press Club's National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards.
Abrar Al-Heeti

Amazon is working to tackle counterfeits by sharing more information with law enforcement. 

Getty Images

Amazon will ramp up its crackdown on counterfeit goods by sharing more data with law enforcement. The e-commerce giant has faced criticism for how it handles the sale of fakes on its platform. Reuters reported the news earlier Monday. 

Previously, Amazon would flag counterfeit sellers to authorities when it felt it had enough data for police to go after the perpetrator, according to Reuters. Now, the e-commerce giant will report the seller's name, company name, product and contact information to law enforcement after it confirms a seller provided counterfeit products, it shuts down their account, and if the account holder fails to appeal to the company. 

Amazon has met with government authorities and "related organizations" in recent weeks about the new reporting strategy, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters. 

In its battle against knockoffs, Amazon has previously sued counterfeit sellers and created a registry for companies to list their logos and intellectual property, allowing the company to remove listings and potentially close seller accounts if counterfeits are found. 

Amazon declined to comment.