A talking doll named Cayla has been banned by German authorities.
Cayla is a blonde, bright-eyed doll that chatters about horses and hobbies. She could also be eavesdropping on your child.
The software inside her could be hacked, posing a security risk and allowing personal data to be revealed. The German regulator says the doll's design violates privacy rules. They worry that it could be used to snoop on families.
The Cayla doll can respond to a user's question by accessing the internet. For example, if a child asks the doll "what is a little horse called?" the doll can reply "it's called a foal."
The Federal Network Agency, said hackers could use the doll to steal personal data by recording private conversations over an insecure Bluetooth connection. And the doll can be hacked by a Bluetooth connection from up to 10 meters away.
“Objects that have concealed cameras or microphones that can send information endanger the private sphere,” said Jochen Homann, the agency’s president. “The Cayla doll is forbidden in Germany,” he added, citing a German telecommunications law.
Due to the unseen microphone, Germany’s Federal Network Agency has classified the doll is classified as an "illegal espionage apparatus." Parents are being urged to destroy or disable the toy.
Distributors who sell the toy could be liable for fines if they continue to sell it.
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