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Daily Dashboard | FTC now weighing in on smart doll concerns Related reading: The Privacy Advisor's top 10 news stories of 2018

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After Germany's Federal Network Agency advocated that parents destroy the My Friend Cayla doll after fears its smart technology was a privacy concern, U.S. consumer groups have filed a complaint against the doll with the Federal Trade Commission, The Christian Science Monitor reports. "Watchdog groups point out that audio files get sent to a database maintained by Genesis Toys’ technology partner, Nuance Communications, which also develops voice-recognition programs for law enforcement and the military," without consent required by COPPA, the report states. "The FTC has an obligation here to step in and safeguard the privacy of young children against toys that spy and companies that exploit their very voices for corporate gain," said the Electronic Privacy Information Center's Claire Gartland. The FTC said it was reviewing the complaint.
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