POPSCI.com: New Barbie sends kid’s private thoughts to the cloud!

clown itPOPSCI.com: Unveiled last month, Hello Barbie is a clever toy with a little bit of an oversharing problem. With a microphone, Hello Barbie can listen to what children tell it. With a computer and a Wi-Fi connection, Hello Barbie can take those words, encrypt them, and then send them over the internet to a cloud server where voice recognition software listens to the recording and then picks a reply for Hello Barbie to send back. Only there’s a minor hitch: it might be illegal to record children and then store that information elsewhere.

“All of ToyTalk’s products in market have been designed to meet or exceed the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and have also been independently verified as such by KidSAFE+. While the underlying technology of our products works much like Siri, Google Now, and Cortana, ToyTalk products never search the open web for answers. Responses are carefully crafted by our own writing team, and conversations recorded through our products are never used to advertise or market to children or anyone.”

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Parents should start worrying: What is the worst thing someone (a pedophile or Tavistock) could do with that kind of data of and power over children? Well, that will be done to some kids! Are you in or are you out? 

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