This is in the UK.
For anyone who might not know, Alexa is an AI voice command application often attached to other devices. It lets people issue demands for things like music, or ask it questions, such as, "Who was the first man on the moon?"
In its default mode, it constantly listens and records. These recordings are apparently only kept when the wake word is used. The voice recording of some time prior to the wake word, plus the command issued, is sent to the cloud so it can be deciphered and turned into something the device can process. Example: "Play [song title]."
In a childcare setting, is it legal for Alexa to constantly be listening around the children?
In a childcare setting, is it legal for voice recordings of commands the children give Alexa to be made in the first place, and then sent to the cloud?
This is under the assumption the parent/guardian has not been made aware of Alexa being in the setting, or that it is being used with the children. No permission has been given.
I know the law on voice recordings is difficult to pin down, and I couldn't find anything pertaining specifically to Alexa, so I wondered if anyone here might know.