Trouble in Toyland report express concerns about children’s toys connecting to internet
MADISON, Wis. — It’s that time of year when you start shopping for the little ones in your life, and every year there are certain toys that come with safety concerns.
The 32nd annual Trouble in Toyland report from the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group was released Tuesday with a list of toys to avoid putting under the tree.
For the first time, this year WISPIRG is alerting parents about privacy concerns with invasive connected toys like My Friend Cayla, a Bluetooth connected doll that has been banned in Germany and is the subject of a complaint to the federal trade commission.
“They’re investigating whether or not this toy in particular violates COPA, the Children’s Online Protection Act so I think that the result of these studies will hopefully give us some next steps, but we just need to make sure that our children’s toys don’t have insecure connections that strangers can be connecting to with their own smartphones,” WISPIRG Foundaytion’s Emma Fisher said.
The doll is sold at Walmart and Kohl’s stores. The FBI issued a consumer warning about introducing small interactive internet-connected toys into homes a few months ago.