Amazon Kindle for Kids

Amazon Kindle for Kids

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Review date: Nov. 8, 2021

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People voted: Super creepy

Is your kid a reader? Do they love to get lost in the wonder of stories and heroes and villains and magical worlds? Do they tend to get distracted by apps and videos on tablets and phones? The Kindle for Kids could be a great option for the budding reader in your family. It's basically an Amazon Kindle, which is designed for reading and not much else, bundled with a kid-friendly cover, one year of Amazon Kids+ ($2.99 per month + tax after your free year), and a two year warranty if it breaks. And of course, access so many books to download whenever you want from the Amazon store. To be honest, the Kindle might be the best thing Amazon does, making reading easier for all of use, especially kids.

What could happen if something goes wrong?

Amazon proudly states they are not in the business of selling your personal information to others, which is good. However, a good question to ask is, why would Amazon need to sell your data when they have their own advertising and retail juggernaut to use your data to sell you more stuff? Because Amazon is in the business of selling you more stuff. And while Amazon says they won’t serve interest-based ads to your child when they are using an Amazon child profile, that doesn't mean they won’t target them to with personalize recommendations if you as a parent consent to share your child’s data (childs data can include things like name, birthdate, contact information (including phone numbers and e-mail addresses), voice, photos, videos, location, and certain activity and device information and identifiers.

So yeah, if you’re a parent of a child using an Amazon for Kids Kindle, go to the parent dashboard and opt out of sharing your child's data! Otherwise, your child could get personalized recommendations for things on Amazon and yeah, your kid is probably too young for that.

What’s the worst that could happen? The Kindle for Kids eReader actually feels like a fairly safe product, Amazon's huge data collection potential aside. There's no Alexa built in, so you don't need to worry about voice requests being tracked or Alexa skills snooping on your child. Your child can read with both WiFi and Bluetooth turned off. Just be sure you set up a passcode if you travel with this device to protect it from getting stolen and someone buying lots of books on your Amazon account. We do suppose it's possible Amazon could learn all about what books your kid likes to read, only show them similar books recommendations, and your kid never learns there is more to reading than Harry Potter (not that there’s anything wrong with Harry Potter). This Is why you can (and should!) opt-out of data collection and processing for both you and your child!

Tips to protect yourself

  • Review your privacy setting and opt out of as much data collection and processing as you feel comfortable with.
  • Remember that Amazon privacy preferences are device specific, so you need to set your privacy preferences on all your Amazon devices individually. What, you had nothing better to do this weekend, right?
  • Set up a passcode to protect your device in can you lose it or it is stolen.
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Can it snoop on me? information

Camera

Device: No

App: N/A

Microphone

Device: No

App: N/A

Tracks location

Device: Yes

App: N/A

What can be used to sign up?

Parents should look into privacy controls for child profiles.

What data does the company collect?

How does the company use this data?

Parent's can choose whether to give Amazon permission to collect Child Personal Information from their child. Amazon says Child Personal Information could include thing like "name, birthdate, contact information (including phone numbers and e-mail addresses), voice, photos, videos, location, and certain activity and device information and identifiers (such as cookies, device serial numbers, and IP addresses)."

Amazon says they may "use Child Personal Information to provide and improve our products and services, including personalizing offerings and recommendations for children," among other things. Amazon says they will not serve interest-based ads to your child when they are using an Amazon child profile.

Amazon says they make still make some voice services available to children, even if you don't get them permission to collect your child's personal information, "If you have not given us permission to collect Child Personal Information, we may make available certain voice services intended for children (e.g., certain Alexa features), and we may process your child’s voice recordings to provide these services, but we will not store those voice recordings. We do not knowingly collect, use, or disclose Child Personal Information without this permission.

No personally identifiable information nor children-related data are shared with third-party advertisers.

How can you control your data?

Amazon make available controls so that you can remain involved in your child's use of Amazon services. You can review or delete Child Personal Information.

Please note that if you withdraw the permission you have provided for your child or request deletion of Child Personal Information, certain services and features may no longer be available.

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

Needs Improvement

In August 2020, security researchers from Check Point pointed out a flaw in Amazon's Alexa smart home devices that could have allowed hackers access to personal information and conversation history. Amazon promptly fixed the bug.

In October 2020, Amazon fired an employee for leaking customer email addresses to an unnamed third party.

In October 2019, Forbes reported that Amazon employees were listening to Amazon Cloud Cam recording, to train its AI algorithm.

In April 2019, it was revealed that thousands of employees, many of whom are contract workers and some not even directly employed by Amazon, had access to both voice and text transcripts of Alexa interactions.

In 2018, Amazon's Echo Dot device recorded private conversation and sent it to random contact. The recording consisted of 1,700 audio files.

Can this product be used offline?

Yes

User-friendly privacy information?

Yes

Amazon offers separate privacy settings for Kindles, and children's privacy disclosure.

Links to privacy information

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards? information

Yes

Encryption

Yes

Strong password

Yes

Security updates

Yes

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

Privacy policy

Yes

Does the product use AI? information

Can’t Determine

Is this AI untrustworthy?

Can’t Determine

What kind of decisions does the AI make about you or for you?

Is the company transparent about how the AI works?

Can’t Determine

Does the user have control over the AI features?

Can’t Determine


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