An Amazon spokesperson told CNN Business that its Echo Dot Kids Edition is COPPA compliant.
COPPA is meant to protect the privacy of children 12 and younger. It forces companies to follow certain requirements when collecting, using or sharing their data.
Senators Edward J. Markey, Richard Blumenthal, Dick Durbin and Josh Hawley allege in their letter that Amazon doesn’t comply with COPPA’s requirement of parental consent and doesn’t allow parents to adequately delete their children’s information.
The Echo Dot Kids Edition features a more kid-friendly version of the Alexa voice assistant that will play music, answer questions, read stories and tell jokes. It captures the voice recordings of the children who speak to it as well as “vast amounts of their personal information,” the senators allege.