Amazon on Wednesday released new color options for its Echo Dot Kids Edition, including Rainbow. (Amazon Photo)
Amazon’s Alexa is the target of a pair of lawsuits that allege the voice assistant violates laws in eight states by illegally storing recordings of children on devices such as the Echo or Echo Dot. It’s the latest development in an ongoing debate around Alexa and privacy.
The suits name eight states — Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Washington — that prohibit recording conversations without the consent of children or their parents.
“At no point does Amazon warn unregistered users that it is creating persistent voice recordings of their Alexa interactions, let alone obtain their consent to do so,” the lawsuits allege. The suits were filed in California and Washington state by lawyers from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP and Keller Lenkner LLC.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs, who are minors living in Massachusetts and California, suggested several ways in which Amazon might avoid keeping recordings of children. They also noted other voice assistants such as Apple’s Siri that are “less intrusive than Amazon’s Alexa Devices” and delete recordings after a short period of time.
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