France’s data protection authority, the CNIL, has issued a formal notice to the creator of the “My Friend Cayla” doll and the "I-Que" robot for violating the country’s data protection laws. The CNIL conducted an investigation into the security capabilities of the products, finding an individual could connect a mobile phone to the toy from nine meters away via Bluetooth. Following the examination, the CNIL determined Hong Kong-based manufacturer Genesis Industries Limited is in violation of Article 1 of the French Data Protection Act. Genesis now has two months to comply with the Data Protection Act, or face possible sanctions. The “My Friend Cayla” doll has been banned in Germany, and has been pegged as a toy to avoid by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group.
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