US: Talking tech toys caught in privacy probe

Jade Burke

By Jade Burke

December 7th 2016 at 11:07AM
UPDATED December 21st 2016 at 5:42AM
US: Talking tech toys caught in privacy probe

Genesis Toys, makers of the i-Que and Cayla doll, are accused of breaching children’s privacy and security.

Genesis Toys, creators of the i-Que and Cayla smart toys, has been accused of posing an ‘imminent and immediate threat’ to children’s safety and security.

The accusations come from a formal complaint in the US by consumer groups.

Following the news, various EU bodies are now calling for investigations into the products that reportedly ‘record and collect the private conversations of young children without any limitations on collection, use, or disclosure of this personal information’.

Speech recognition technology provider Nuance Communications, who provides the speech recognition software for the products, is also allegedly guilty of violating ‘specific children’s privacy and general consumer protections in the United States’.

According to the complaint, the toys supposedly record conversations and transmit the files through an app to a remote server, which is operated by Nunance, without the consent of a parent.