These Talking Toys Record Everything They Hear

(Raw Story) If you’re thinking of buying a talking toy for your child this Christmas, you’re really going to want to make sure to read the terms of service.

As Consumerist reports, several consumer groups have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission against the makers of two talking children’s toys: The My Friend Cayla doll and the i-Que Intelligent Robot.

The problem with these toys, the complaint alleges, is that their terms of service allow them to record everything they hear and then send that information back to Nuance Communications, a voice recognition software company that supplies the underlying technology behind the toys, but that also does work as a defense contractor.

In particular, the groups are crying foul over the fact both toys are covered by Nuance’s general privacy policy, which states that they “may use the information that we collect for our internal purposes to develop, tune, enhance, and improve our products and services, and for advertising and marketing.”

Where things get strange, however, is when the privacy policy later states that “if you are under 18 or otherwise would be required to have parent or guardian consent to share information with Nuance, you should not send any information about yourself to us.”

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