“My Friend Cayla” might be a spy, according to the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and other advocacy groups who filed a complaint about the doll’s data collection risks with the FTC in December. Cayla uses Bluetooth technology to connect to the Internet, then communicates in real time with children using speech recognition software. A recent security investigation revealed the ease with which a hacker could remotely control the doll’s speech and collect children’s recordings.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on April 25, 2017. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Thomas, Casey, "Learning to Share (Personal Information) with My Friend Cayla" (2017). AELJ Blog. 162.