EPIC has filed a landmark complaint with the Federal Trade Commission about “toys that spy.” The complaint alleges that My Friend Cayla and i-Que Robot violate federal privacy law. “The toys subject young children to ongoing surveillance,” EPIC said in a statement. The EPIC complaint targets manufacturer Genesis Toys and Nuance Communications and describes how Internet-connected toys pose ongoing serious safety threats to children. EPIC’s complaint, joined by the Campaign for Commercial Free Childhood, the Center for Digital Democracy, and Consumers Union, is part of coordinated effort to ban these toys from the marketplace. The complaint follows earlier efforts by the Norwegian Consumer Council. EPIC warned Congress about the risks of the Internet of Things, and filed complaints with the FTC about “always on” devices and “smart TVs.”
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