Germany bans internet-connected 'spying' doll Cayla

Back in the day the toys we would play with as kids were all pretty much offline. We had dolls, action figures, board games, playsets, and so on, and all of them did not require an internet connection to play with. These days things are different as toys come with accompanying apps and where things are more connected than ever.However it seems that over in Germany, there are concerns over a doll called “My Friend Cayla” and with regards to privacy, so much so that the doll has since been banned from being sold in the country by German watchdog group the Bundesnetzagentur. The group has warned that because of the doll’s connectivity that hackers could use it to steal personal data over its unsecure Bluetooth connection.The dolls have already been removed from stores and the group is warning parents who have already bought the doll to exercise precaution. According to Bundesnetzagentur President Jochen Homann. “Items that conceal cameras or microphones and that are capable of transmitting a signal, and t

Germany bans internet-connected 'spying' doll Cayla

German regulators have banned an internet-connected doll called "My Friend Cayla" that can chat with children, warning Friday that it was a de facto "spying device".

Sat 18 Feb 17 from Phys.org

Parents told to destroy baby doll because of spying fears

Hackers could talk and listen to children playing with My Friend Cayla

Fri 17 Feb 17 from The Independent

Dystopia today: Official German watchdog tells parents a doll might be spying on their children

Technology is evolving faster than we can adapt to it.

Mon 20 Feb 17 from ZME Science

German parents told to destroy My Friend Cayla doll over spying concerns

We tend to associate vulnerable connected devices with household IoT products, but it’s an issue that’s also present in some kids’ toys. In 2015, there were warnings over Mattel’s ...

Mon 20 Feb 17 from Techspot

Germany Bans Children’s Doll Over Privacy Concerns

Back in the day the toys we would play with as kids were all pretty much offline. We had dolls, action figures, board games, playsets, and so on, and all of them did not require an internet ...

Mon 20 Feb 17 from Ubergizmo

Privacy concerns threaten sales of hi-tech doll

Regulators in Germany have already banned My Friend Cayla, and consumer-watchdog groups want the US Federal Trade Commission to follow suit.

Sat 18 Feb 17 from The Christian Science Monitor

Germany bans creepy doll over privacy concerns

My Friend Cayla is a smiling, blonde doll that can answer questions and play games by pairing with a smart device. She might also be spying on you.

Fri 17 Feb 17 from Engadget

Germany bans talking doll Cayla, citing security risk

BERLIN (Reuters) - A talking doll named Cayla has been banned by German authorities because the software inside her could be hacked, posing a security risk and allowing personal data to be revealed. ...

Fri 17 Feb 17 from Reuters Technology

Parents told to destroy Cayla dolls over hacking fears

Germany's Federal Network Agency has warned that parents should destroy the Cayla doll, because its smart technology can allow hackers to talk and listen to children.

Fri 17 Feb 17 from Daily Mail

Parents told to destroy connected dolls over hacking fears - CNET

The My Friend Cayla doll is banned in Germany, due to it being classified as an illegal "hidden espionage device".

Fri 17 Feb 17 from CNET

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