FTC To Look Into Toys That Spy

Law360, New York (January 12, 2017, 4:36 PM EST) -- The Federal Trade Commission has responded to calls from consumer groups urging it to probe internet-connected toys for potential privacy and security risks, vowing Wednesday to "carefully review" concerns over the playthings.

The D.C.-based Electronic Privacy Information Center had filed a complaint with the FTC last month scrutinizing the data collection and surveillance capabilities of the children's toys My Friend Cayla and i-Que Robot. EPIC asked the regulator to investigate toy maker Genesis Toys and speech recognition technology developer Nuance Communications for potentially running afoul of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and FTC rules prohibiting unfair and deceptive trade practices....

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