A call to recall talking – and listening – dolls

Jed Kim Dec 21, 2016
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Jayla, aged 4, plays with a 'My Friend Cayla' doll at Hamleys toy shop in London, England. The doll connects to smart devices using Bluetooth and can interact with users. Rob Stothard/Getty Images

A call to recall talking – and listening – dolls

Jed Kim Dec 21, 2016
Jayla, aged 4, plays with a 'My Friend Cayla' doll at Hamleys toy shop in London, England. The doll connects to smart devices using Bluetooth and can interact with users. Rob Stothard/Getty Images
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Consumer groups are warning that certain toys could be invading children’s privacy. Internet-connected, interactive dolls listen to and record children’s voices, often without their parents’ knowledge. The groups filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission to ban the toys. Now they’re asking stores not to sell them.

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