Cayla doll too eavesdroppy to put under the Christmas tree, says France

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My Friend Cayla’s in trouble again: the smart interactive doll is too blabby and eavesdroppy to put under the Christmas tree, the French data privacy watchdog said on Monday.
The Commission Nationale Informatique et Libertés (CNIL) announced that it’s served formal notice to Genesis Industries about the Bluetooth-enabled talking/listening doll Cayla, along with her Bluetooth buddy i-Que robot. CNIL demands that the company cease its “serious breach of privacy” caused by the toys’ lack of security.
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Both toys listen to children as they ask questions on subjects such as mathematical calculations or weather forecasts. Cayla and i-Que are equipped with microphones and speakers and use Bluetooth to communicate with a mobile app on smartphones or tablets. Off the app goes to the internet when it hears a question, back it comes to hand over the information to a child.
Information or, as the case may be, whatever a hacker programs it to say. We learned in February 2015 that Cayla was suffering from noxious cloud syndrome: the doll had a software vulnerability that allowed it to be programmed to say anything at all – from Hannibal Lecter quotes to lines from 50 Shades Of Grey.
In addition, according to security researcher Ken Munro, any nearby device could connect with the doll via Bluetooth and therefore communicate with a child.
A consumer association gave CNIL a heads-up about lack of security in both toys a year ago. CNIL decided to do its own online investigations into what was happening to data the toys sent into the cloud. It also sent a questionnaire to Genesis, a Hong Kong company, in March 2017.
加强域名管理、网站实名制等效果显著。公司也可以向国家学习,加强计算资源的终端管理如信息资产管理、软件授权管理、网络准入控制和应用服务开通审核等等工作可以大幅降低内网的网络安全事件。
CNIL found that the toys collect plenty of personal data about children, their families and their friends, including their voices, the content of their conversations with the toys (which CNIL found can reveal identifying data such as addresses and names), as well as information filled into the form in the application “My Friend Cayla App”.
It turns out that anybody located within nine meters of the toys, outside a building, can wirelessly pair a mobile phone to the toys through Bluetooth, without having to log in. It can be done without inputting a PIN code, and you don’t have to press any kind of button on the toy. After that, whoever pairs with the toys can listen and record the conversations between children and their toys, along with any conversation taking place nearby.
Not only can creeps listen to your kids with these things: they can also talk to them, the CNIL found. Creeps can either speak (or play sounds prerecorded with the “Dictaphone” app on some smartphones) via the loudspeaker, or they can use the toys with the “hands-free kit”. All a creep has to do is to call the phone connected to the toy with another one in order to talk with the child located near it, the CNIL found.
Again, we’ve known this about Cayla for a while. For its part, the CNIL has concluded that the toys’ lack of security breaches Article 1 of the French Data Protection Act. Back in February, Germany’s Bundesnetzagentur, the telecoms watchdog, called Cayla an “illegal espionage apparatus” that parents should destroy. It banned the doll on the grounds that the devices violate privacy laws by their ability to illegally transmit data collected without detection.
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The CNIL was also concerned about the lack of clarity parents get about how Genesis processes the personal data the toys drink in. Nor are parents informed that the company transfers conversations to a service provider in a non-EU country.
Genesis Industries Ltd. has two months to comply with the Data Protection Act, which stipulates that technology “shall not violate human identity, human rights, privacy, or individual or public liberties”.
Meanwhile, Cayla doesn’t have any privacy advocate friends in the US, either. Several consumer complaints have been lodged with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), including this one from the Electronic Privacy Information Centre (EPIC).
From EPIC’s complaint:
The failure to employ basic security measures to protect children’s private conversations from covert eavesdropping by unauthorized parties and strangers creates a substantial risk of harm because children may be subject to predatory stalking or physical danger.
Cayla also made it into this year’s annual Trouble in Toyland report from the US Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), a federation of consumer nonprofits.
This is at least her second appearance as a PIRG Troubled Toy. She joins the ranks of lead-filled fidget spinners, balloons that kids can easily inhale and choke on, and hoverboards that have been blamed for house fires that have killed two girls and a firefighter.
Make sure Santa’s reading up on those toys he delivers: clearly, some of them are dangerous.
我们很多人不关心信息安全,因为不相信这些事故会发生在我们身上。可是当事故发生在自己身上之后,悔之晚矣,可是这世上有后悔药吗?

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