US authorities issue warning over internet-connected toys

The FBI has issued a warning encouraging parents to carefully check internet-connected toys for any security concerns that could harm children.

In the report, the FBI alerted families to the risks of smart toys that feature voice recognition or cloud-backed features.

To help protect children, the US authority has advised parents to research these toys thoroughly to ensure children are not put in harm’s way.

“These toys typically contain sensors, microphones, cameras, data storage components and other multimedia capabilities – including speech recognition and GPS options,” read the report.

“These features could put the privacy and safety of children at risk due to the large amount of personal information that may be unwittingly disclosed.

“Security safeguards for these toys can be overlooked in the rush to market them and to make them easy to use. Consumers should perform online research of these products for any known issues that have been identified by security researchers or in consumer reports.”

This warning follows recent headlines of numerous toys being hacked, including CloudPets and the My Friend Cayla Doll. 

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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@biz-media.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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