“I watched what you were doing in the master bedroom and bathroom”… ‘Shocked’ by intimate footage
Amazon will pay more than $30 million to settle with the U.S먹튀검증. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over privacy violations. The company has admitted to some privacy violations with its controversial voice assistant Alexa, which could lead to more privacy issues in the future.
According to CNBC, the FTC has been suing Amazon for violating the FTC Act and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act by illegally retaining the information of thousands of children through the profiles of its voice assistant Alexa. Amazon recently agreed to pay $25 million to settle the case, CNBC reported.
Separately, the FTC filed a lawsuit alleging that Amazon’s smart home and home security service, Ring, violated parts of the FTC Act that prohibit unfair or deceptive business practices. In response, Amazon said it agreed to pay $5.8 million.
Officials at Amazon’s Ring division claimed that Ring’s doorbell products helped keep customers safer with security cameras. However, the FTC alleged that Ring compromised customer information by giving third-party contractors access to customer videos even when the cameras were not required to be activated. The FTC said that prior to July 2017, Ring employees and employees of a subcontractor in Ukraine were able to access and download all customer videos without any restrictions.
In fact, the FTC said, between June and August 2017, one Ring employee viewed thousands of videos of at least 81 women through cameras installed in their master bedrooms, bathrooms, and more. Although Ring restricted employee access to the videos in September 2017, the FTC alleges that hundreds of Ring employees and Ukrainian subcontractors still had access to the videos.
“Because Ring did not take basic steps to monitor and detect improper access before February 2019, we have no idea how many instances of improper access to intimate videos occurred,” the FTC said.
Amazon acquired Ring in 2018 for $1 billion and now operates it as a subsidiary. The deal has helped Amazon grow its presence in the smart home and home security business, but privacy concerns have continued to arise.