My Friend Cayla Doll Banned in Germany Over Surveillance Concerns

The My Friend Cayla doll, which is also sold in Australia, uses Bluetooth, an internet connection and speech-to-text technology to interact with children.

Germany’s Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), the country’s telecommunications watchdog, said the seemingly-innocuous toy was an example of “unauthorized wireless transmitting equipment”.Continue Reading…

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Is Your TV Spying On You?

If you have a Samsung SmartTV the answer is, well, it very well could be. The news broke that Samsung has a TV that can listen in to your conversations, record them and then upload the information to servers under their control. Then your data could be farmed out to third party companies. I’m guessing that these third parties are advertising and marketing outfits but, that isn’t clearly articulated.Continue Reading…

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