earlier this month said Amazon would not sell Echo devices until regulators in the UK, Australia and India approve its registration.
The Times reported that the decision to allow Amazon to sell Echo is due to a “sensitivity” to the issue of online privacy and the “infernal devices” the devices are capable of.
A Reuters article from January said the Echo devices are the equivalent of a $30-40 “infinite loop” of data that Amazon collects and stores on its servers.
The article cited a study by the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse as saying that Amazon collected “over 50 billion pieces of personal information in the last six months.”
Amazon has long faced regulatory issues over privacy.
In 2015, Amazon launched a product that allowed customers to request information from the company and its partners, including credit card companies.
The company has been under fire from privacy advocates for collecting data from its millions of customers and selling that data to advertisers.
In June, the US Federal Trade Commission sued Amazon, alleging that the company violated its antitrust law by offering ads that tracked customers’ location.
Amazon has been sued in several other countries including the UK and the US.
Amazon denied the allegations.
The FTC said in December it would sue Amazon for alleged privacy violations.