Post Reply Privacy Advocacy Group Launches Complaint Against Toy Makers
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http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Passcode/2016/1210/Are-these-toys-spying-on-your-kids

http://wthitv.com/2016/12/17/toys-that-could-be-spying-on-your-family/

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/consumer-advocacy-groups-interactive-toys-cayla-lack-protections/story?id=44009020

Apparently, some toys, in particular, the I-Que Intelligent Robot and the My Friend Cayla, have some sort of listening device enabling those with bluetooth connections to listen in, whilst the companies ToC explicitly states that they may be used to gather data for their own "uses".

Several complaint Groups, including Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood (CCFC), the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) and the Consumers Union lodged a complaint to several national to regional groups, including the Federal Trade Commission, for said breach of privacy.

What do you think, Cr? Do you have any info to add?

Now, let's begin the discussion about privacy, the ethics of target advertising, and such.

Personally, this is one step too far. Although I can't say I am privy to the arguments for or against target advertising.
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Amish Toys.
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That's actually crazy
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That's pretty fucked up - an audio feed is not acceptable in the least bit.
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zinjashike wrote:

That's pretty fucked up - an audio feed is not acceptable in the least bit.


My thoughts exactly. I'm not really familiar with recent toys. Aside from something like a tablet for children (which I'm guessing most of the toys aren't) why would any toy need to be connected to the internet in the first place? Regardless of the reason, having a toy that records video or audio in your home without a very clear reason for doing so (and without any stored data!) seems like it would not be in the best interest of children or their parents.
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Maybe president Trump can come up with sensible privacy laws. Something that should have been done decades ago.
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Pretty farked up. I remember a similar story a year or so back(?) over a Barbie that was doing something similar. But it wasn't on this level of creepiness.

What sort of sociopaths sit around and decide "Hey, what if the toy literally spied on children and we used that to target advertisements?"? The idea is so farked up it sounds like the one person in the meeting with a soul actually suggested it as a joke. Then sat there in ever increasing horror as his colleagues took it seriously.
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A: "guys, we need to make more money from our toy products"
B: "how about we collect user data and sell that info to advertisers lel"
A: "brilliant idea! let's work on that right away!"
B : "wait, you know I was joking, right..? those are kids..."
A: "thanks for the idea buddy!"
B: ".....FML"
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Oh c'mon

What happened good ole fashioned "low tech" toys

If people want to spend more and get all these "additional functionalities" in turn then it's on them...
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What happened to the days of kids using their imaginations to give toys personality? Data gathering is just all sorts of creepy to begin with, intentionally targeting kids doubly so.
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It does appear to be troubling, I admit. In any case, a toy designed to sell you more toys is disgusting, as in the case of the My Friend Cayla doll. I was initially skeptical, but it seems to check out for the most part.
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