My Friend Cayla doll banned from Germany over spying concerns

Jade Burke

By Jade Burke

February 21st 2017 at 11:27AM
UPDATED February 21st 2017 at 11:56AM
My Friend Cayla doll banned from Germany over spying concerns

An official German watchdog has asked parents to disable their doll.

Children’s doll My Friend Cayla has been banned from Germany, following concerns that it concealed a transmitting device.

Parents have been asked to disable their doll by the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), an official German watchdog, which enforces bans on surveillance devices.

The doll, which is made by US-based Genesis Toys, reportedly allows hackers to use an unsecure Bluetooth device inside the toy to listen and talk to children playing with it.

Jochen Homann, president of the Federal Network Agency, said in a statement: “Items that conceal cameras or microphones and that are capable of transmitting a signal, and therefore can transmit data without detection, compromise people’s privacy,” reports BT.

“This applies in particular to children’s toys. The Cayla doll has been banned in Germany. This is also to protect the most vulnerablein our society.”