Amazon has been hit with two class action lawsuits that allege the company’s Alexa voice assistant is recording and storing the voices of children without their or their parents’ consent, reports the New York Post.
Both suits were brought forward by the law firm of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan. In one case, the firm is representing an 8-year-old boy and in another a 10-year-old girl.
这两起诉讼都是由Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan律师事务所提出的。在一起诉讼中，事务所代表一个8岁男孩，另一起中代表一个10岁女孩。
In documents filed for each case, it is alleged that Amazon used its voice assistant Alexa and Echo Dot smart speaker to amass “a vast level of detail about the child’s life,ranging from private questions they have asked Alexa to the products they have used in their home.”
The suit goes on to say that when children wake the Echo Dot with their voices “the device records and transmits the children’s communications in the same manner that it handles adults’ communications.
Neither the children nor their parents have consented to the children’s interactions being permanently recorded.”
The suits accuses Amazon of building “a massive database of billions of voice recordings containing the private details of millions of Americans” and using it “for its own commercial benefit.”
As smart speakers continue to become ubiquitous in people’s homes, they have come under increased scrutiny from privacy advocates.
Last month it was revealed that transcripts of conversations with Alexa and Echo devices continue to be retained by Amazon even after a user deletes their voice recordings from the device.
1）class action 共同起诉
文中” class action lawsuit”，指集体讼诉。
class action（集体诉讼）, organization action（团体诉讼）都属于public interest action（公益诉讼）。
2）range v.（在...内）变动；延伸 n. 范围
文中” ranging from private questions they to the products”中，
ranging from … to … 在…到…范围间变动
Tickets range from £2 to £20.
These village children are going to see massive changes.
a massive blow 巨大的打击