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High-Tech Barbie Chats with Children, Recalls Past Conversations

This week, Mattel released Hello Barbie, a WiFi-enabled doll that records and saves its conversations with children. The capacity for the doll to collect data begs questions about security, privacy, and potential misuse of information. TechRepublic spoke to Andrew Browne, Director of Lavasoft's malware lab, about his concerns over Hello Barbie's privacy settings. Hello Barbie sends communications between children and Mattel's control center. What are your thoughts on potential security issues here? I'm less concerned about hacking and more concerned about privacy. Theprivacy policy says it captures voice data that can be used to improve speech recognition or AI algorithms.

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