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'Smart' kids toys are reportedly collecting personal information from children, which can be easily hacked by strangers
TALKING toys could be putting your kids at risk by secretly recording their conversations and collecting personal information which could be stolen by dangerous predators.
Genesis Toys – who make the popular My Friend Cayla doll – and speech-recognition software maker Nuance Communications have been accused of using the toys to record conversations, which are then sent through the toy’s app as audio files and transmitted to Nuance’s servers.
But Genesis Toys’ My Friend Cayla doll and the i-Que Intelligent Robot allegedly have the capabilities to eavesdrop on children and their families, potentially violating laws that protect children’s privacy. That’s according to a new complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission from a coalition of consumer privacy advocates including the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). The toys allegedly send recordings to speech-to-text software company Nuance Communications, which the complaint notes has contracts with military and law enforcement agencies.
"It is extremely alarming that what a child says to her ‘trusted’ friend could end up in a voice biometrics database sold to law enforcement and intelligence agencies. “With the growing Internet of Things, American consumers face unprecedented levels of surveillance in their most private spaces, and young children are uniquely vulnerable to these invasive practices.
Last but not least. What makes you think that you are important enough to say anything that law enforcement or the military would want to hear?