Update Amazon settings to stop Alexa spying on your kids, experts warn

Parents have been warned to check the privacy settings on popular Amazon products aimed at kids, after researchers found the tech giant is able to collect data from children including photos, videos and location.

Although they may look cute with panda-themed designs, Amazon's popular 'Kids Edition' Echo Dot speakers and Fire tablets are able to collect a worrying amount of sensitive information such as user's name, date of birth, and more. Researchers at Mozilla also found that the company can collect data from saved photos or videos.

Mozilla researcher Jen Caltrider told the MailOnline: "Are they learning what your kids like so they can try and sell them, or you, more stuff or get them using their product more often?"

"Unfortunately, the answer to that question seems likely to be, yes. Kids deserve privacy too."

However, Amazon won't display adverts to users under 13, and parents are able to delete voice recordings by changing privacy settings.

A spokesperson for the Internet retailer said: "We have strict measures in place for Echo Dot Kids, including requiring permission from parents before enabling the Amazon Kids experience, and provide parental controls."

"Alexa skills for kids cannot include advertising, collect any personal information, or include content not suitable for all ages."

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How to change parental control settings on Amazon Alexa

If you've bought your children an Amazon Alexa-based product and are concerned about privacy, there are steps you can take to minimise the amount of data that is collected from a device.

To set up parental controls on your child's smart speaker, you need to open the Alexa app on your phone and enable Amazon Kids Settings. After you verify your identity, this will give you access to a Parent Dashboard.

This will let you add a profile for your child and manage what content they can see, set daily time limits, or restrict what data the speaker uses.

It's important to note that by using an Amazon smart speaker, you're agreeing to give away at least some of your data when you activate it, so it's important to do your research and weigh up whether it's worth it.

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