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Germany acts on transmitter in children’s doll

Germany’s regulator, Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA), has taken action against unauthorised wireless transmitting equipment in a children’s doll called Cayla, and has already removed products from the market. “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. This applies in particular to children’s toys. The Cayla doll has been banned in Germany," says Jochen Homann, BNetzA president. Any toy that is capable of transmitting signals and that can be used to record images or sound without detection is banned and the first toys of this type have already been taken off the German market at the instigation of the BNetzA and in cooperation with distributors. “There is a particular danger in toys being used as surveillance devices: anything the child says or other people’s conversations can be recorded and transmitted without the parents’ knowledge. A company could also use the toy to advertise directly to the child or the parents. Moreover, if the manufacturer has not adequately protected the wireless connection (such as Bluetooth), the toy can be used by anyone in the vicinity to listen in on conversations undetected.” Read more

  • Wednesday, 22 February 2017

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