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Daily Dashboard | Consumer groups warn parents about connected toy privacy concerns Related reading: Tech talk: Deidentification versus anonymization




A pair of consumer advocacy groups have released reports warning parents about the privacy concerns associated with certain children's toys this holiday season, CBS News reports. In its annual "Trouble in Toyland" report, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group flagged the "My Friend Cayla" doll as a toy to watch out for this year. The doll, which has been banned in Germany over privacy concerns, is equipped with a hidden microphone and an unsecured Bluetooth connection, allowing intruders to spy and communicate with children. The Mozilla Foundation released a similar report, pointing to two Star Wars-themed toys and an Adidas soccer ball as devices with similar privacy issues, while storing all the data they collect as well.
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