Amazon to Pay Privacy Violation Penalties of $31 Million
On Wednesday, Amazon agreed to pay $31 million in privacy violation charges involving its doorbell camera Ring and voice-controlled assistant Alexa.
Key Details: The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice charged that Amazon deceived parents and violated a child privacy law by keeping for years the location and voice data on children recorded by Alexa, Amazon's popular voice assistant. Last month, Amazon said that it had sold more than a half-billion Alexa-enabled devices around the world.
Key Quote: "Amazon’s history of misleading parents, keeping children’s recordings indefinitely, and flouting parents’ deletion requests violated the Child Online Privacy Protection Act and sacrificed privacy for profits," the FTC consumer protection chief said. "While we disagree with the FTC's claims regarding both Alexa and Ring, and deny violating the law, these settlements put these matters behind us," Amazon.com said in a statement.
How the Media Covered it: Sources across the political spectrum covered the settlement, with many noting that while Amazon felt it had complied with COPPA, it also agreed to remove child profiles that have been inactive for more than 18 months.
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From the LeftAmazon to pay $31 million in privacy violation penalties for Alexa voice assistant and Ring camera
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Separately, the company agreed to pay $5.8 million in customer refunds for alleged privacy violations involving its doorbell camera Ring.
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