Hi Peter M. Howell,
It is old news. I believe that one of our colleagues brought the subject to our attention, around this time last year. Nuffink changes...and when they do, they can only get worse...It is open season on the internet these days, from the NSA to our children, from the President to "A Cat Called Bob".
On 06/12/2016 11:54, Peter M Howell wrote:
Is this old news still in play or has someone just woken up to another part of the surveilance 'ice berg' that commerce and security trade to each other.?
''Internet-connected Cayla and i-QUE, manufactured by Los Angeles-based Genesis Toys, hook up with a user via a phone or tablet while Hello Barbie links to the internet through Wi-Fi, said the consultancy Bouvet on behalf of the Norwegian Consumer Council.
Hello Barbie is not sold in Europe.''
"By purpose and design, these toys record and collect the private conversations of young children without any limitations on collection, use, or disclosure of this personal information," EPIC and other US watchdogs said in their complaint, which they say "concerns toys that spy".
"Anything the child tells the doll is transferred to the US-based company Nuance Communications, who specialises in speech recognition technologies,"
"The toys <http://phys.org/tags/toys/> are embedded with pre-programmed phrases, where they endorse different commercial products," BEUC said.
''They also asked the commission to halt Genesis' failure to use "reasonable security measures" for bluetooth connections for Cayla and i-Que.
They urged the body to investigate and prevent US-based Nuance from using children's speech data to improve products and services sold to military, government and law enforcement agencies.''
*And this is not a scream out loud public nightmare ? pmh *