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Amazon Echo Kids and privacy

May 2, 2018

Last week, Amazon announced it would be releasing a kid's focused version of its Echo smart speaker (see Amazon link)


While this product clearly appeals to parents (and their kids), data privacy and security concerns should be paramount, especially given the potential risks (see earlier post about IOT thermometer).  In the US, this product and its related services needs to comply with Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and in the EU the GDPR.  To address parental concerns, Amazon included many "parental" features such as time limits, a block on explicit songs, activity review, and a parental control application.


For Amazon, this device gives Amazon another window into the lives of its customers and more importantly their children.  Hopefully, Amazon will have taken a privacy-by-design approach to the creation of this product.


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