Amazon accidentally exposes customer names and emails during Black Friday sales

A number of Amazon customers woke up to an email from the retail giant this morning apologising for accidentally exposing their names and email addresses.

The email stated that the company "inadvertently disclosed your name and email address due to a technical error."

Amazon has since released a statement saying it has fixed the issue and informed customers who may have been impacted, although it has not disclosed how many people were affected or how their info became viewable in the first place.

The online retailer has however revealed that neither its website nor its back-end systems had been hacked, so customer have no need to change their passwords.

The slip-up comes amidst Amazon’s Black Friday sales – it’s biggest shopping event of the year.

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