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Privacy Groups File Complaint Against Amazon

If there is an Echo Dot Kids Edition in your house, you might want to take a moment to consider your kids' privacy. Two groups have raised concerns that the device allows kids to easily divulge sensitive information and makes it hard for parents to truly delete the data. According to The New York Times, "On Thursday, the two groups — the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Center for Digital Democracy — joined more than a dozen others in lodging a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. The groups say that Amazon’s practices violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, a federal law protecting the personal information of people under 13."

The Times reports that the complaint alleges Amazon has "failed to obtain verified consent from parents before collecting their children’s voice recordings and had kept such records unnecessarily after extracting the data to respond to children. The groups also complained that Amazon had not sufficiently disclosed how it collected and used children’s data."


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