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Smash up your kid's Bluetooth-connected Cayla 'surveillance' doll, Germany urges parents

Or switch it off, bin it, bury it, whatever’s necessary

 

                            My Friend Cayla and i-Que robot

 

17 Feb 2017 at 19:45, Thomas Claburn

 

Germany’s Federal Network Agency, or Bundesnetzagentur, has banned Genesis Toys’ Cayla doll as an illegal surveillance device.

 

“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,” said agency president Jochen Homann in a statement. “This applies in particular to children’s toys. The Cayla doll has been banned in Germany.”

 

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