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Germany Bans Talking Doll Cayla Over Security, Hacking Fears – NBCNews.com

A talking doll named Cayla has been banned by German authorities because the software inside her could be hacked, posing a security risk and allowing personal data to be revealed.

Germany’s Federal Network Agency, the country’s telecommunications watchdog, advised parents who had bought Cayla to deactivate it Friday because the doll’s features might carry the potential for espionage.

The doll uses Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi connection and speech-to-text technology that allows it to have a conversation with children and answer their questions.




Image: My Friend Cayla

My Friend Cayla is named one of the top 12 Dream Toys at the Dream Toys Launch in London on Nov. 5, 2014.