Parents told to destroy talking doll because it could be used for hacking
Officials fear the doll called 'My Friend Cayla' – which is linked to the Internet – can be easily hijacked by hackers or paedophiles.
Consumer watchdog officials say My Friend Cayla is equipped with an insecure Bluetooth device, which cyber-criminals could take over in order to steal personal data and listen and talk to the child playing with it.
Germany’s Federal Network Agency, the regulatory office for electricity, gas, telecommunications, post and railway markets, now tells parents: "Destroy it immediately."
Officials fear the doll can be easily hijacked by hackers or paedophiles
Destroy it immediately
Germany’s Federal Network Agency
A spokesman for the agency said My Friend Cayla was a "concealed transmitting device" – illegal in Germany.
The doll answers questions by accessing the Internet but also asks for sensitive personal information, such as the user’s name, school, parents’ names and hometown.
Manufacturer Genesis Toys of the USA has not yet commented on the warning.
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The Vivid Toy group, which distributes My Friend Cayla, has previously said that examples of hacking were rare.
However, it said the company would "take the information on board".
The EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Vera Jourova, said" I'm worried about the impact of connected dolls on children's privacy."
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