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Why was the Internet-connected My Friend Cayla doll banned as a "hidden espionage device"?

As I understand the issues, there are two particular points in which the Cayla doll differs from similar allowed toys: The doll has a light indicating when it is sending - but that can be switched ...
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How to stop these toys from sending what my kids say to the cloud?

For the My Friend Cayla toy, you can use it without an Internet connection. The FAQ states: Do I need an internet connection to play with Cayla? An internet connection will be required to ...
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Why was the Internet-connected My Friend Cayla doll banned as a "hidden espionage device"?

it's not exactly hidden; the device is advertised as 'smart' and connected to the Internet. Okay but if you're not the one who bought it, you may not be aware that it is recording your speech and ...
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Why was the Internet-connected My Friend Cayla doll banned as a "hidden espionage device"?

The news in Germany where reporting that under german laws the doll is considered as hidden espionage device as it looks like a normal toy without any electronical parts to people who do not know ...
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Why was the Internet-connected My Friend Cayla doll banned as a "hidden espionage device"?

One of the key issues with My Friend Cayla is that the audio files it sends are not saved securely. Ken Munro has carried out extensive analysis on this (and many other IoT devices) and points out ...
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