Privacy Hawks Call On Mattel To Ax 'Creepy' Hello Barbie

Law360, New York (March 11, 2015, 2:21 PM EDT) -- A privacy group on Wednesday urged Mattel Inc. to halt production of its "seriously creepy" Hello Barbie doll, which will utilize Wi-Fi to transmit its conversations with children for analysis by speech recognition technology, saying the information could be used by advertisers to unfairly target those children.

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood asked consumers to sign a petition pressing Mattel CEO Christopher Sinclair to immediately halt production of the doll, expected to be released in the fall for a retail price of around $75, saying it's wrong for the company to exploit the propensity of children to confide in their...

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