Home » Surveillance » Privacy campaigners call for Mattel to scrap its new Wi-Fi enabled Barbie | Daily Mail Online

Privacy campaigners call for Mattel to scrap its new Wi-Fi enabled Barbie | Daily Mail Online

A group of privacy advocates are attempting to halt the release of a new Wi-Fi-enabled Barbie doll, which records conversations with children.

Mattel, the toy company behind the iconic children’s doll, announced the launch of the new Hello Barbie, which will be able to hold two-way conversations, play games and tell jokes, earlier this year. However the concept quickly came under fire from critics who claim the doll’s ability to record potentially-sensitive information could be incredibly damaging for children.

‘Imagine your children playing with a Wi-Fi-connected doll that records their conversations – and then transmits them to a corporation which analyzes every word to learn “all of [the child’s] likes and dislikes”,’ the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood (CCFC) wrote on its website.

via Privacy campaigners call for Mattel to scrap its new Wi-Fi enabled Barbie | Daily Mail Online.

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