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FBI warns parents about 'smart' toys

2017-07-19 07:07 by


The FBI warned parents of privacy and safety risks from children's toys connected to the Internet. The FBI issued an advisory for parents warning that many "connected" toys contain cameras, microphones, and other sensors, including GPS, that can gather information about children.

"These toys typically contain sensors, microphones, cameras, data storage components, and other multimedia capabilities – including speech recognition and GPS options," says the FBI, "these features could put the privacy and safety of children at risk due to the large amount of personal information that may be unwittingly disclosed."

The FBI recommends that parents read disclosures and privacy policies for the toys they buy so they can know how their child's data is stored and what the company will do in the event of a breach.

Researchers discovered in February that Spiral Toys, the US maker of CloudPets connected toys, had leaked two million recorded messages of parents and their children via an unsecured online database.

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