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Amazon sued over alleged breach of children privacy

United States e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc. was hit with two class-action lawsuits, which allege that its Alexa-enabled devices illegally record the conversations of children without parental consent, tech media reported on Wednesday. According to the suits, filed by 19 consumer and public health groups, this would constitute a violation of consent and child protection laws.

Amazon's Echo Dot Kids is the centerpiece of both suits, as it allegedly violates the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). This law prescribes that an app or device needs to obtain parental consent before recording information about anyone under the age of 13. The suits underscore that other tech firms take extra precaution on this issue, for instance by deleting their recordings after a short period of time.

The lawsuits seek a court order for the erasure of the recorded children's conversations and to pay statutory damages, which could range from $100 to $5,000 per violation.

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