US: Talking tech toys caught in privacy probe

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.

About Robert Hutchins

Robert Hutchins is the editor of ToyNews and its sister title, Licensing.biz. He has worked his way from Staff Writer to Editor across the two titles, having spent almost eight years with both and what now seems like a lifetime surrounded by toys. You can contact him by emailing robert.hutchins@bizmedia.co.uk or calling him on 0203 143 8780 You can even follow him on Twitter @RobGHutchins if ranting is your thing...

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