Amazon under scrutiny over alleged child privacy violations

first_imgA coalition of child rights and privacy protection advocates have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) urging the federal agency to investigate Amazon for violating children’s privacy via its smart speaker for kids – the Amazon Echo Dot Kids.In a 96-page long complaint, a coalition of 19 child’s right and privacy advocates led by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), have alleged that Amazon collects sensitive personal information generated during children’s interactions with the Echo Dot Kids and stores it indefinitely violating US’ Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which places certain restrictions on websites and online services that are directed towards children below 13 years of age.The two organisations in their joint investigation also found out that the Seattle headquartered tech giant reportedly retained children’s data even after parents had deleted it. In addition to this, the coalition in its complaint to the FTC has also alleged that Amazon’s parental parental consent mechanism does not verify that the person giving consent for recording conversations with Alexa via the Echo Dot Kids is an adult or more specifically a parent of the child and that the company’s consent mechanism can be “bypassed by a kid with a disposable debit gift card”.Amazon unveiled the Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition almost a year back in April 2018. The smart speaker, which is essentially a peppy variant of its old Echo Dot, aside from sporting the features of a standard Echo Dot comes with the FreeTime Unlimited service, which gives access to more than 300 kids audiobooks, kid-friendly radio stations from iHeartRadio Family and third-party Alexa skills from Disney and Nickelodeon among others, and the basic FreeTime service, which blocks certain Alexa featuresand third-party skills. It also allows parents to place a time limit on Alexa usage.advertisement”Amazon markets Echo Dot Kids as a device to educate and entertain kids, but the real purpose is to amass a treasure trove of sensitive data that it refuses to relinquish even when directed to by parents,” executive director of CCFC, Josh Golin wrote in a statement.Amazon on its part has denied that its devices – the Amazon Echo Dot Kids in this case – are violating the laws. “FreeTime on Alexa and Echo Dot Kids Edition are compliant with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA),” an Amazon spokesperson told the US-based media channels.Notably, the complaint comes just weeks after an investigative report by Bloomberg detailed that Amazon’s Alexa reviewers have access to users’ exact location and that they can use the coordinates available to them to point out the exact location of an Amazon Echo user’s home. Th report noted that some Amazon employees who review Alexa recordings have access to a tool that displays device information, which includes the location of an Echo device. The report also noted that this information may not be always accurate as Echo devices ask users permission to use their location.ALSO READ: | Amazon’s Alexa team knows where you liveALSO READ: | Not just Alexa, thousands of Amazon workers too are listening to your conversationsALSO READ: | Amazon Echo Show (2018) review: Alexa gets a bigger screenlast_img read more

What happened last time India met Sri Lanka in World Cup?

first_imgIndia take on Sri Lanka in Leeds on Saturday in their final group-stage match. India will be hoping to collect 2 points and keep their chances of topping the table alive. Australia, with 14 points from 8 matches, are a point ahead of 2nd-placed India on the 10-team table. On the other hand, Sri Lanka are already out of contention for the last-4 and will be hoping to bow out on a high with a win against their neighbours.The last time these two teams met in a World Cup was 8 years ago during that fateful final of the 2011 edition. While every Indian cricket fan remembers the iconic image of MS Dhoni finishing the game with a six, the match itself is one of the most memorable finals in World Cup history.But when Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat first at Wankhede, the onus was upon India to deal with the pressure of chasing in such a high stakes game. Memories of India buckling under similar pressure during the 2003 World Cup final were still fresh in the minds of the country’s cricket followers. But MS Dhoni and his men had other ideas.Riding on a magnificent unbeaten 103 from Mahela Jayawardene, Sri Lanka posted a formidable total of 274/6 at the end of 50 overs. Their total was boosted by some lusty lower order hitting from Chamara Kapugedera and Thisara Perera who scored a quickfire 22 from just 9 deliveries.In reply, India were rocked by Lasith Malinga on just the 2nd ball of their innings when he removed Virender Sehwag for a duck. And when Malinga got Sachin Tendulkar caught behind the wickets in the 7th over with India’s score a mere 31 runs, memories of 2003 started to bother the country’s fans. But that’s when current captain Virat Kohli joined his Delhi senior Gautam Gambhir at the crease.advertisementThe duo took India past the 100-run mark while also keeping up with the required run-rate. Though Kohli soon got out after a well-made 35 at India’s score of 114. The dismissal prompted arguably one of the most famous batting reshuffles in World Cup history as then-skipper MS Dhoni promoted himself up the order and joined Gambhir to take India’s chase forward.Dhoni initially played the role of an anchor, rotating strike well and milking ones and twos while Gambhir played with aggression, never letting Sri Lanka come on top. Their 109-run partnership pulled India out of trouble and on-course of their 2nd World Cup title. Just when Gambhir looked well set for a deserved century, he was bowled by Perera while trying to charge out of the crease and hit a boundary.But Yuvraj Singh and Dhoni ensured that there were no more hiccups as they continued India’s march towards the 275-run target. The Wankhede came to a standstill on the 2nd ball of the 49th over when with 4 runs needed for a win, Dhoni’s eyes lit up as he saw Nuwan Kulasekara bowl a delivery in the slot and with a swing of his arms, he launched the ball into the stands behind long-on sending the crowd into a frenzy. His teammates ran from the pavilion to mob him and Yuvraj as days-long celebrations started in Mumbai and across the country.Also Read | World Cup 2019 semi-finalists: Australia, India, England, New ZealandAlso Read | India vs Sri Lanka World Cup 2019: Ravindra Jadeja likely to play at Leedslast_img read more