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privacy

Call to ban sale of IoT toys with proven security flaws

By | child safety, CloudPets, connected toys, consumer protection, Europe, Furby Connect, Gadgets, I-Que Intelligent Robot, IoT, privacy, Security, TC, Toy-fi Teddy

 Ahead of 2017’s present buying season, UK consumer rights group Which? has warned parents about the risks of giving connected toys to their children, and called for devices with known security and/or privacy risks to be banned from sale on kids safety grounds. Read More

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FTC relaxes COPPA rule so kids can issue voice searches and commands

By | coppa, FTC, Gadgets, Government, privacy, TC, voice recognition

 The COPPA rule prevents kids from having their personal information hoovered up and distributed online the way adults often consent to. Verifiable parental consent is required if that information is to be collected — but the FTC has just relaxed the rule just enough that common tasks like searches can be done for kids without risk to the operator. Read More

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A messed up Google Home Mini recorded a tech reporter 24/7

By | Gadgets, Google, Google Home Mini, privacy, surveillance, TC

 The idea of inviting an always-on recording device into our bedrooms would have once seemed beyond creepy, but now most consumers hardly give it a second thought. As Android Police reports, a small number of Google Home Mini review units given to tech reviewers malfunctioned, persistently recording audio in the background without being activated by a hotword. Read More

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