A federal lawsuit charges Amazon with children’s privacy compromise through its Alexa devices. Alexa is Amazon’s virtual assistant product. Amazon is being charged with making permanent recordings of children’s voices without their consent or their parents’ consent. Specifically, Amazon is charged with children’s privacy compromise in eight states (Massachusetts, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Washington).
The lawsuit requests class-action status to represent all people who lived in a home with an operating Alexa device – which they did not set up – while a minor. The lawsuit alleges that Amazon violated a Massachusetts wiretap statute and corresponding laws in the other states named. These state privacy laws were violated (says the lawsuit) when Amazon made “persistent recordings” of minor children and intercepting and using their oral communications without the consent of all relevant parties. In addition, several consumer organizations have charged that Amazon is in violation of federal wiretap laws. [Read more…]