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Amazon's Echo for Kids Violated Privacy Law, Advocacy Groups Say

  • Data kept after users tried deleting, according to complaint
  • Kid Echo features parental controls and ad-free radio stations
An Amazon Echo Dot device

An Amazon Echo Dot device

Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

A coalition of children’s advocacy organizations is asking U.S. regulators to investigate whether Amazon.com Inc.’s Echo kids smart speaker violates privacy law.

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Center for Digital Democracy, joined by several other interest groups, plans to file a complaint Thursday with the Federal Trade Commission saying Amazon’s Echo Dot Kids Edition infringes on children’s privacy rights. The company retains voice recordings indefinitely and, in some cases, holds onto their personal data even after users tried to delete it, according to the complaint.