If you’re thinking of buying a talking toy for your child this Christmas, you’re really going to want to make sure to read the terms of service.
As Consumerist reports, several consumer groups have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission against the makers of two talking children’s toys: The My Friend Cayla doll and the i-Que Intelligent Robot.
The problem with these toys, the complaint alleges, is that their terms of service allow them to record everything they hear and then send that information back to Nuance Communications, a voice recognition software company that supplies the underlying technology behind the toys, but that also does work as a defense contractor.
This is odd since the toys covered by this policy are being targeted toward young children who will have no understanding about what they should or should not tell their toys while using them.
A fully detailed analysis of what the toys do and where they send data can be found at this link.