US FCC investigating Amazon over alleged sale of outlawed products, NBC reports

By Thomson Reuters Mar 20, 2024 | 3:38 PM

(Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is investigating Amazon and other retailers for the alleged marketing and selling of unlawful electronic devices, including radio frequency jammers, NBC News reported on Wednesday.

“We have several ongoing investigations into retailers, including Amazon, for potential violations of Commission rules related to the marketing and sale of equipment without proper FCC authorization,” NBC quoted an FCC spokesperson as saying in a statement to the news outlet.

NBC News reported earlier that several online retailers and drone technology companies were marketing the sale of radio frequency jammers as drone deterrence or privacy tools, sidestepping federal laws that prohibit such devices from being offered for sale in the country.

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.

NBC News said it found nine independent sellers on Amazon recently selling “jammer” devices that can be used disable security cameras and block Wi-Fi networks.

(Reporting by Ismail Shakil; Editing by Eric Beech)