Amazon's Ring Used to Spy On Customers
Federal Trade Commission says in privacy settlement
A former employee of Amazon.com's Ring doorbell camera unit spied for months on female customers in 2017 with cameras placed in bedrooms and bathrooms, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said in a court filing on Wednesday when it announced a $5.8 million settlement with the company over privacy violations.
Amazon also agreed to pay $25 million to settle allegations it violated children's privacy rights when it failed to delete Alexa recordings at the request of parents and kept them longer than necessary, according to a court filing in federal court in Seattle that outlined a separate settlement.
The FTC settlements are the agency's latest effort to hold Big Tech accountable for policies critics say place profits from data collection ahead of privacy.
The FTC is also probing Amazon.com's $1.7 billion deal to buy iRobot Corp (IRBT.O), which was announced in August 2022 in Amazon's latest push into smart home devices, and has a separate antitrust probe underway into Amazon.
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