Amazon is releasing its Echo Dot Kids Edition at a precarious time. The backlash against social networks and big tech companies, which recently came to a head with Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal, has kicked off a widespread re-evaluation of the kinds of information that we willingly, and sometimes unwittingly, surrender to various services. Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which just went into effect, has reinforced this awareness. Add to that the story about how an Amazon Echo accidentally shared the audio of a private family conversation with one of the people in the account holder's contacts. While that was probably the Echo equivalent of a butt-dial, it does serve as a reminder about some of the more uneasy possibilities that go hand-in-hand with putting frictionless, always-listening tech in our personal spaces.
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