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Privacy groups urge investigation of 'internet of toys'

Grant Gross | Dec. 7, 2016
Two toys aimed at young children don't have adequate privacy and security controls, groups in the US and Europe say

The lack of privacy and security protections amount to unfair and deceptive business practices, a violation of the U.S. Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and European privacy law, the groups say.

A report from the Norwegian Consumer Council compares the two Genesis toys to Hello Barbie, another internet-connected toy, and finds Barbie offers a handful of additional privacy protections. A YouTube video shows how people with smartphones can eavesdrop on Cayla owners.

 

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