Amazon is hit by two collective lawsuits filed by parents of children who say they are registered by Alexa, despite having not given permission
- The two lawsuits were filed on Wednesday in California and the state of Washington
- One is for an eight-year-old and the other is for a ten-year-old girl
- Their parents, Steve Altes and Alison Hall-O & Neil, are litigating because Amazon has never asked the children's permission to include them
- They say it violates privacy and communication legislation and that the children – and others – are entitled to compensation
- They base their lawsuits on the fact that they bought the devices and not the children
- Amazon has not responded to both lawsuits
- It has a child-friendly mode called Freetime, in which parents ask permission to include children
- The mode was not activated when the prosecutor's children were included
Amazon is being sued by two different parents in California and Washington who claim that their Echo devices have recorded their children's voices without their permission.
The lawsuits were filed on Wednesday and invite other parents in those states and others to join them in a lawsuit related to the classification of privacy and communication laws.
One was submitted on behalf of a ten-year-old girl, whose mother, Alison Hall-O & Neil, says the device has recorded her on her parents' device.
The other was submitted on behalf of the eight-year-old son of Steve Altes in California. Altes says he gave his son the Christmas gift last year.
None of the lawsuits mention the fear that the children's comments will be maliciously used or listened to, and they do not even claim that the parents did not know that Alexa would record them.
The parents of two children, one in California and one in Washington, are challenging Amazon and claiming to have recorded their children through the Alexa feature on Echo and Echo Dot devices, despite the children's consent (file from children with an Echo Dot on the table)
Their complaints are based on the technical nature that the children did not know they would be admitted and are therefore entitled to compensation.
Although Amazon has a child-friendly mode from Alexa in which parents request permission to include their children, it gives them the option to delete the recordings. The lawsuit claims that the children themselves activate Alexa in adult mode and are subsequently included.
The only thing needed to turn on the device and stat recording is the & # 39; wake & # 39; word that is usually Alexa.
If allowed by judges, the lawsuits could open the business into a litany of damage if a judge allows it.
Neither of these lawsuits specifies how much money the parties want.
& # 39; Amazon claims to have permission to register individuals who have set up a device with Alexa.
Amazon claims to have permission to register individuals who have set up a device with Alexa. But there is a large group of individuals who do not agree to be included: children
& # 39; But there is a large group of people who do not allow being recorded when using an Alexa device and using Alexa without any understanding or warning that Amazon is recording and giving them voice printing: children, & # 39; one of the lawsuits, which DailyMail.com obtained on Wednesday, reads.
The Washington lawsuit alleges that Amazon has violated state laws that prohibit the recording of a person's vote unless they agree.
The law also applies to Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. The California lawsuit alleges that Amazon has violated state privacy laws.
They say it is against the law that the company registers the children and stores the recordings in the cloud.
Amazon declined to comment on the case on Wednesday.
The company has promised to allow users to delete their recordings by going through their history, selecting them one by one or as a whole and wiping them off.
Amazon has claimed in the past that it only stores user data, including recordings, to improve the user experience. It denies ever selling it to third parties.
Their guarantees do not protect it against hacks, such as those that have destroyed Facebook and destroyed users' trust in their privacy protection policies.
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