Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition

Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition

Amazon $99.99 - $199.99
Wi-Fi Bluetooth

Review date: 11/02/2020

Remember when long road trips meant drawing an imaginary line down the middle of the backseat and punching your sibling whenever they crossed it? Those days are over. Today there are tablets for kids. Amazon's Fire HD for Kids comes with a "kid-proof case" in bright, pretty colors and includes built-in parental controls designed to help parents feel better about giving their kids screen time. Toss in a 1-year subscription to Freetime Unlimited--access to a ton of "content kids crave" (which automatically rolls into a $2.99 per month subscription after one year)--and you've got your kid squared away for that long drive to Grandma and Grandpa's house.

What could happen if something goes wrong

What could happen? Well, Amazon could get to know your kid's personal information from the cradle on. Seriously, Amazon will be tracking your kid's viewing and browsing habits unless you opt out--and if you opt out, that means you'll lose services and features you probably don't want to lose. You can request Amazon delete your child's data, which is nice because it's unclear from Amazon's policies if you can do the same for yourself as an adult. The only way to be absolutely sure all this data is deleted--both your childs and your own--is to delete your Amazon account completely.

Privacy

Can it snoop on me?

Camera

Device: Yes

App: N/A

Microphone

Device: Yes

App: N/A

Tracks Location

Device: Yes

App: N/A

What is required to sign up?

What data does it collect?

How does it use this data?

Device usage data and app usage data via Amazon Kids+ is used to provide personalized offerings and recommendations for children. When children are signed in with an Amazon Child ID, Amazon will not serve interest-based ads to your child.

How can you control your data?

You can request that data be deleted. You can update the privacy settings on your device. Parents can choose whether to enable/disable the camera on the Fire Kids Edition tablet in the Amazon Kids’ child profile and photos/video taken by the child on the tablet are saved directly to the device. Alexa is unavailable from child profiles on Fire tablets.

What is the company’s known track record for protecting users’ data?

Needs Improvement

In October, 2020, Amazon fired an employee for leaking customer email addresses to an unnamed third party. In November, 2018, Amazon suffered a data breach that caused customer names and email addresses to be disclosed on its webpage.

Can this product be used offline?

Yes

User friendly privacy information?

Yes

Links to privacy information

Security

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?

Yes

Encryption

Yes

Uses encryption in transit and at rest.

Strong password

Yes

You will need to create a Child Profile. https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=G3MTGN25XVMNWTFX

Security updates

Yes

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

Amazon has a bug bounty program, which means that anyone who finds a security issue and discloses it responsibly may get paid. Security researchers can report a vulnerability here. https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201909140

Privacy policy

Yes

Amazon provides many links to many documents. They are written in an FAQ style. It also has a specific FAQ around Children's Privacy. FAQ

Artificial Intelligence

Does the product use AI?

Yes

Does the AI use your personal data to make decisions about you?

Can’t Determine

Does the company allow users to see how the AI works?

Can’t Determine

Company contact info

Phone Number

No

Email

No

Twitter

AmazonHelp

Updates

Amazon Fired Employee for Leaking Customer Emails
Joseph Cox
Over the past few days Amazon has informed some customers that it has fired an employee for leaking customer email addresses to an unnamed third party.
Amazon hit with major data breach days before Black Friday
Miles Brignall
Amazon has suffered a major data breach that caused customer names and email addresses to be disclosed on its website, just two days ahead of Black Friday.

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