Manufacturers need to reconsider how they make these kinds of toy, especially those which use cameras and microphones to capture what kids are doing. They’re not the same as a smart speaker or other typical voice-activated device; because they are specifically aimed at children, they should fulfil much more stringent privacy expectations.
Together with the Norwegian Consumer Council and several other members, we’re calling on toy manufacturers to:
Only collect necessary data; using it solely for the purpose of the toy.
Prevent these issues resurfacing by committing to privacy and security by design, with privacy and security-related risk assessments undertaken during the entire design-process; and sufficient privacy and security measures are worked into the product design itself.
Make these toys safer by increasing security features in how devices are paired, to stop unauthorised people from connecting to the toy.
Stop direct marketing to children.