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SEATTLE - A new lawsuit filed on Tuesday filed in Federal court claims Amazon's Alexa devices recorded kids' voices without their consent or parents' consent.

The lawsuit claims the devices can identify individual voices, and adds Amazon could ask for consent prior to a new person using the device.

The suit claims Amazon's alleged failure to obtain consent violates recording laws in Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Washington.

"Alexa routinely records and voiceprints millions of children without their consent or the consent of their parents," the California suit states. "This practice violates California law, which prohibits the recording of oral communications without the consent of all parties to the communication."

Amazon fired back, saying strict protocols are put in place to protect customer's security and privacy.

"Amazon has a longstanding commitment to preserving the trust of our customers and their families, and we have strict measures and protocols in place to protect their security and privacy," a company spokesperson said in a statement. "For customers with kids, we offer FreeTime on Alexa, a free service that provides parental controls and ways for families to learn and have fun together."

The Seattle lawsuit was filed on behalf of a 10-year-old girl from Massachusetts, was filed the same day a similar lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles in a state court.

The plaintiff in the California lawsuit is just 8-years-old. The lawsuit also requests the Federal Trade Commission investigate the Amazon Alexa Kids Edition, following requests from children's advocates last month.

The advocates claim the Alexa devices collect sensitive data on children that parents can't delete, which they claim violate the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. Amazon has previously denied the claims and said the device complies with COPPA requirements.

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