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Privacy and Internet Safety

How safe are "smart toys" like Hello Barbie?

So-called "smart toys," including Mattel's Hello Barbie, Fisher-Price's Smart Toy Bear, and VTech's InnoTab Max, promise to learn and grow with your kid. But to do that, they must collect a lot of data. This data includes things such as your kid's name, address, and gender, as well as your social security and credit card numbers. It also includes things it "learns" from its conversations with your kid, such as what they want to be when they grow up. Recent data breaches and potential threats on these products point to privacy and security issues that need to be worked out. Beware of these threats to kids' privacy:

The risks of having your information accessed by a hacker are fairly low, but if this is a major concern, you should avoid smart toys.