Security professionals express distrust over new ‘smart’ Barbie doll

Debates have started recently between security professionals and ToyTalk, the company behind the newest ‘smart’ Barbie doll. Security professionals have been expressing there concerns for the product and have said that they do not believe it should be put on sale.

A Professor, Angela Campbell of Georgetown University law school had this to say:

“If I had a young child, I would be very concerned that my child’s intimate conversations with her doll were being recorded and analysed… In Mattel’s demo, Barbie asks many questions that would elicit a great deal of information about a child, her interests, and her family. This information could be of great value to advertisers and be used to market unfairly to children.”

A ToyTalk spokesperson had this to say on the topic:

“ToyTalk and Mattel will only use the conversations recorded through Hello Barbie to operate and improve our products, to develop better speech recognition for children, and to improve the natural language processing of children’s speech.”

Original news source: TheGuardian.com
Image Source: Barbie Doll

James Stevenson

Im a Cyber Security enthusiast that loves all things to do with technology. I'm specifically interested in cyber security and ethical hacking.

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