Smart Barbie attacked by ginger group


Equality Barbie - from Wikimedia CommonsAn activist site
has criticised the latest version of Mattel’s Barbie doll for eavesdropping on childrens’ conversations.

According to the Commercial Free Childhood web site, Hello Barbie interacts with children, with conversations being recorded in the cloud.

That, the activist group said on its web site commercialfreechildhood.org , means recordings could be vulnerable to hacking and data breaches, as it uses wi-fi to transmit the conversations to the cloud.

Parents can also monitor their child’s conversation with the doll.

Commercial Free Childhood said that children confide in dolls, but everything said goes to cloud servers where it’s analysed by Mattel technology partner ToyTalk.

Dr Jeremy Hansem assistant professor of computer science at Norwich University is quoted as saying: “There is no level of legal or technological protection that you can apply to Hello Barbie’s recordings to keep them safe.”

And Kade Crockford, a director of ACLU, said: “Hello Barbie makes the transfer of sensitive data to unaccountable third parties seem fun and natural. Do we want our children growing up in a world in which they have no consciousness of what it means to have a private life?”