Two years ago Hello Barbie became the poster child for the dangers of connected toys for kids. It listened to and recorded kids using a microphone, sent that data to live on the company’s servers, those recordings were shared with third parties, and the Wi-Fi and app Hello Barbie used could easily be hacked, potentially letting strangers listen to your children. Hello Barbie is still around with some updates to the privacy and data storage policies. It’s up to you to decide if that’s good enough to feel safe giving this toy to your kids.
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