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Daily Dashboard | My Friend Cayla doll: Off with her head, German agency advocates Related reading: The Privacy Advisor's top 10 news stories of 2018

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Germany's Federal Network Agency has urged parents to destroy popular talking doll, My Friend Cayla, believing its smart capabilities too easily leak personal information, BBC News reports. "Researchers say hackers can use an unsecure Bluetooth device embedded in the toy to listen and talk to the child playing with it" from up to 10m (33 ft.) away, the report states. University of Saarland student Stefan Hessel's legal concerns about such potential monitoring spurred the warnings from the FNA. The doll is not a stranger to controversy, having received complaints from both U.S. and EU consumer groups since software vulnerabilities were discovered in January 2015.
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