Amazon Fire HD Tablets

Amazon Fire HD Tablets

Amazon $49.99 - 149.99
Wi-Fi Bluetooth

Review date: 11/02/2020

Today it seems most of us have the attention span of a gnat. Could it be because it's so easy to buy a device that lets you read books, watch videos, play games, listen to music, surf the web, shop for paper towels, and ask Alexa what Santa's middle name is all at the same time? Good on Amazon for building in a way for parents to limit the amount of time a kid can spend on this tablet. Now if kids could only set up something similar for parents.

What could happen if something goes wrong

It's Amazon, so you know they are probably tracking your every move and Alexa request to try and sell you more stuff. So, say you forget to change the default setting of no passcode for this device and leave it laying around. Your 6-year old gets on and spends $500 on toys from Amazon that you only find out about when the boxes pile up at your front door two days later. And if you want Amazon to stop trying to sell you more stuff, the only way to be absolutely sure all your data is deleted is to delete your Amazon account completely. Good luck with that!

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?

Amazon does not sell your personal information. Your voice requests are used to train Alexa's speech recognition system

How can you control your data?

You can delete past Alexa Voice recordings & transcripts, even setting up auto-delete or choose not to save any voice recordings. You can now ask Alexa to "Delete what I just said." You can request that data be deleted.

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

Uses encryption in transit and at rest.

Encryption

Yes

Uses encryption in transit and at rest.

Strong password

Not applicable

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. https://hackerone.com/amazonvrp Security researchers can report a vulnerability here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201909140

Privacy policy

Yes

Artificial Intelligence

Does the product use AI?

Yes

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

Yes

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

Yes

Amazon Alexa utilizes AI and natural language understanding (NLU) to understand what people are saying and to respond to requests. More information can be found at the Alexa FAQ and the Amazon Science webpage: https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201602230 https://www.amazon.science/tag/alexa

Company contact info

Phone Number

No

Email

No

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