US senators to seek answer from Amazon CEO over Alexa privacy concerns

23 May 2019
A US Senator, from the Democratic party, and member of the judiciary committee, sent a letter to Amazon regarding the company’s privacy practices. In the midst of a controversy of the data retained by Alexa, the smart home assistant, the Senator asked whether Amazon is indefinitely storing the text transcripts of voice recordings of people talking this device.

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Privacy and data protection are two interrelated Internet governance issues. Data protection is a legal mechanism that ensures privacy. Privacy is usually defined as the right of any citizen to control their own personal information and to decide about it (to disclose information or not). Privacy is a fundamental human right. It is recognised in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and in many other international and regional human rights conventions. The July 2015 appointment of the first UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy in the Digital Age reflects the rising importance of privacy in global digital policy, and the recognition of the need to address privacy rights issues the the global, as well as national levels.


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