Privacy advocates criticize new ‘Hello Barbie’ doll with wi-fi microphone By Martha Neil Mar 13, 2015, 02:00 pm CDT http://www.abajournal.com
A new Mattel prototype of an iconic toy anticipates that “Hello Barbie” will soon be able to talk with children as they play with the doll. Pressing a button will turn on the microphone and connect the toy to wi-fi.
The problem is, the same voice-recognition software that enables the doll to “learn” and respond specifically to the child’s comments with details such as the name of the family pet is also transmitting to a third party, via the Internet, detailed information about the child’s thoughts and interests, privacy advocates say. Some are seeking a ban on the doll, which is scheduled to arrive on store shelves in the fall, reports the Washington Post (reg. req.).
“If I had a young child, I would be very concerned that my child’s intimate conversations with her doll were being recorded and analyzed,” says Angela Campbell of Georgetown University’s Center on Privacy and Technology.
Privacy advocates’ new enemy: Barbie By Marcus Gilmer on March 13, 2015 11:00 AM blog.sfgate.com
My first thought is to be wary – I don’t even like the fact that sometimes certain cell phones can record w/o your knowledge. It’s too Orwellian; Big Brother is everywhere.
My second thought is why do adults feel they have to barge into children at play to make it more real or a learning opportunity? Children have been having conversations with dolls since the beginning of time unaided by technology! Words between friends do not need to be recorded, validated or made ‘real’ by adults. Stop trampling imagination!!!