Amazon Violates Child Privacy Law

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Amazon Violates Child Privacy Law
Short Title Amazon Violates Child Privacy Law and Pays $31 million
Location Washington, US
Date June 1, 2023

Solove Harm Surveillance, Aggregation
Information Location, Children's voice recording
Threat Actors Amazon Inc

Individuals
Affected Children under 13 years old
High Risk Groups Children
Tangible Harms

Amazon pays a $25 million civil penalty to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that it violated the Child Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Amazon was accused of deceiving parents by keeping the recordings of children's voice and location by its Alexa voice assistant for an extended period. Furthermore, Amazon is also required to pay $5.8 million in customer refunds related to privacy violations involving its Ring doorbell camera. As part of the agreement, Amazon is mandated to recondition their data deletion practices, implement stricter and more transparent privacy measures, and delete specific data collected by its Alexa digital assistant. The FTC emphasized that Amazon's actions violated COPPA and compromised privacy for financial gain.

Description

Amazon paya a $25 million civil penalty to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that it violated the Child Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The violations involved the company's popular Alexa voice assistant, accused of collecting records of children's voice and location data for an extended period, deceiving parents in the process. Additionally, Amazon has agreed to pay $5.8 million in customer refunds for privacy violations related to its Ring doorbell camera.

Laws and Regulations

Child Online Privacy Protection Act

Sources

https://apnews.com/article/amazon-alexa-ring-doorbell-privacy-violations-ftc-971419109d7af10203d7ccfd28fcd0ad