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FTC Files Privacy Concern Over High Tech Doll

With its built-in microphone, Bluetooth connectivity, and web-based functions, the new My Friend Cayla doll from Genesis Toys might seem like a fun and interactive toy for children. Basically, children can ask the doll questions and it will search for an answer, uniquely combining traditional a toy with the future of consumer information technology. But once you get passed that initial excitement over what this toy can actually do you might also start to have concerns over what this doll might be able to do without you knowing. This is certainly the case with the My Friend Cayla doll as the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed a complaint that the doll could pose a potential privacy risk after the Norwegian Consumer Council announced that the doll’s wireless connection might actually be vulnerable to hackers.

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