Amazon sued for recording children’s voices via Alexa

Amazon was slapped with a pair of class-action lawsuits this week over its Alexa voice assistant, which is getting accused of recording and storing the voices of children without their or their parents’ consent.

Both cases portray kids as vulnerable to Alexa’s voice recording and transcription technology, which allows Amazon to amass “a vast level of detail about the child’s life, ranging from private questions they have asked Alexa to the products they have used in their home.”

The suits also claim the technology violates laws in eight states that prohibit the recording of oral communications without the consent of all participating parties.

One case was filed in Seattle federal court on behalf of a 10-year-old girl; the other in Los Angeles state court on behalf an 8-year-old boy.

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