Parents unable to delete kids' comments to Echo Dot

Amazon’s kid-friendly Echo Dot is ‘blatant violation’ of child privacy laws, investigation finds

"Children's privacy is important to Amazon", the post noted. The technology uses machine learning to help train the system's AI and understand its owner better through their requests.

It could be mining their names, birth dates, addresses, and other personal information to improve their products, without giving parents a clue of this activity.

Senators Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal, who sit on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, as well as Senators Josh Hawley and Richard Durbin, wrote that Amazon's data collection "raises serious concerns about the extent to which the Echo Dot Kids Edition complies with" the law.

"FreeTime on Alexa and Echo Dot Kids Edition are compliant with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)", an Amazon spokesperson told Gizmodo in an email.

Amazon has been accused of storing data from children through its Echo Dot Kids devices.

This comes after Bloomberg reported that Amazon employs thousands of people to listen to saved voice recordings made with Alexa-powered smart speakers.

In one example the advocates captured on video, a child asks the device to remember some personal information, including her walnut allergy.

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Investigators examined the privacy policies of over 2,000 "skills" and found 85 per cent of them didn't have any.

Amazon does not disclose which kid skills (developed by 3rd parties) collect child personal information or what they collect.

Two advocacy groups - Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) - have filed a 96 page complaint with the FTC.

The Echo Dot Kids Edition features a more kid-friendly version of the Alexa voice assistant that will play music, answer questions, read stories and tell jokes.

And the privacy policies of those that do are often "confusing or contained irrelevant information", according to a press release that accompanied the complaint.

That was the case earlier this week, when the agency issued a warning to a Ukrainian firm that its three dating apps appeared to violate COPPA because they were accessible to children.

But Fitzpatrick said that, on their face, the new allegations against Amazon appear troubling. In the complaint it was mentioned that the device retained children's data even after the parents deleted the voice recordings.

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