Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., has sent a second letter to the Federal Trade Commission asking about its efforts protecting children's privacy in the rapidly growing smart toy market. A number of recent high-profile data breaches affecting smart toy manufacturers has gotten the attention of Warner. "Recent events have illustrated that in addition to security concerns with the devices themselves, new data-intensive functionalities of these devices necessitate attention to the manner in which vendors transmit and store user data collected by these devices," Warner wrote in his letter to Acting Chairwoman Maureen Ohlhausen. "Reports of your statements casting these risks as merely speculative — and dismissing consumer harms that don't pose 'monetary injury or unwarranted health and safety risks' — only deepen my concerns." Editor's Note: To see how the FTC has handled COPPA-related cases in the past, check out the IAPP's FTC Casebook.
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