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FBI Issues Urgent Warning About ‘Spy Toys’ That Could Put ‘Privacy and Safety of Children at Risk’

Tuesday, July 25, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Extract from Jasper Hamill's article "FBI Issues Urgent Warning About ‘Spy Toys’ That Could Put ‘Privacy and Safety of Children at Risk’" posted on The Sun

PARENTS have been urged to steer clear of “spy toys” designed to snoop on innocent kids’ lives in terrifying detail.

The FBI has issued an urgent notice concerning toys that are packed full of sensors, cameras and microphones to record a child’s words and GPS locators to track their whereabouts.

“Smart toys and entertainment devices for children are increasingly incorporating technologies that learn and tailor their behaviours based on user interactions,” it wrote in a statement.

“These features could put the privacy and safety of children at risk due to the large amount of personal information that may be unwittingly disclosed.”

Spy toys are now on sale across the world and last year parents were warned about a doll called My Friend Cayla which allegedly recorded kids’ conversations.

Parents were also concerned about a toy from Mattel called Aristotle which records words spoken by children and sends them back to the developers.

The FBI said toys fitted with microphones can “record and collect conversations within earshot of the device”, gathering information such as the child’s name, school, activities and “likes and dislikes”.

Other gadgets require kids to file a picture when starting a user account or hand over date of birth or address, which could be used in identity fraud.

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