Is Alexa Violating Children’s Privacy

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Is Alexa Violating Children’s Privacy

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Alright, hey guys, Mark Phillips here with SimpliSpoken This is the SimpliSpoken on Voice Daily Flash Briefing, and we’re back again to talk a little bit about a kind of a sticky issue with Amazon now facing a couple of new lawsuits. That allege at least that the Amazon, smart speakers are violating children’s privacy. So there’s a couple of lawsuits that have come out in California and Washington. And the basically the claim says that these devices are recording the children without parental consent. And it’s kind of unfortunate timing because they just come out with the new echo kids edition. And that is a snazzy looking device, it looks great. But I think all the big tech guys are, are facing kind of this backlash in the privacy arena, and probably for good reason. But Amazon will have to respond to allegations that they’re, you know, kind of permanently storing interactions with children. And that is, that kind of violates privacy. And I think that’ll be an interesting thing to tease out, I think we have to think about, you know, how kids are using these skills and whether or not those skills require parental consent. And those kinds of things will be a big ticket thing for not only Amazon, but everyone in the technology space, as well as the voice space. Specifically, when you have a device that you invite into your home to sort of be part of your family and be a part of the interaction with yourself and your kids, then you really want to think through those privacy questions. And so I think that’s interesting. I mean, Amazon has this new privacy center that they’ve debuted, and they did come out with the ability to delete the recordings of the day. So you can basically say, hey, delete the things that I’ve said today. So they’re, they’re nibbling at it, and we’ll see where we end up there. But that is just a kind of an interesting and unfortunate timing for Amazon with the privacy issues. So hey, thanks a lot guys this is the SimpliSpoken on Voice Daily Flash Briefing. Please do give us a good review in the skill store.

 

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