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The FBI recently issued a public service announcement for parents about the dangers of toys that are connected to the Internet, known as smart toys. We consulted with an expert for tips on how to keep your family safe.
The consumer notice, titled "Internet-Connected Toys Could Present Privacy And Contact Concerns For Children," recently released by the FBI, states:
“The FBI encourages consumers to consider cyber security prior to introducing smart, interactive, Internet-connected toys into their homes or trusted environments. Smart toys and entertainment devices for children are increasingly incorporating technologies that learn and tailor their behaviors based on user interactions. These toys typically contain sensors, microphones, cameras, data storage components, and other multimedia capabilities—including speech recognition and GPS options. These features could put the privacy and safety of children at risk due to the large amount of personal information that may be unwittingly disclosed.”
While smart toys potentially putting the safety and privacy of children at risk is definitely cause for concern, families need not throw out each and every smart toy—but they should adopt safe use practices. So we spoke with cyber security expert and former government security consultant Shaun Murphy, CEO of sndr.com (a company that provides secure message and file sharing for businesses and individuals), for some tips on what families can do to stay safe when playing with smart toys.
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