Germans warned to DESTROY Cayla, network-connected doll that spies on children


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Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/02/17/germans-warned-to-destroy-cayl.html


#2

Kind of like an IOT Furby.


#3

nice diversion by the company, the decision is not at all based on hacking threats. it is simply illegal in Germany to use or sell gadgets with radio transmitters (or other telecommunication means) which are disguised as items typically not equipped with a radio (section 90 of the telecommunication act, seems to be one of the laws not available in an English translation).


#4

Haven’t this company’s engineers ever seen an eighties movie? Once possessed these things are practically impossible to kill!


#5

Chucky meets terminator.


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#7

The write-up for tonight’s ‘Shark Tank’ and one of the items being pitched is a stuffed animal w/ an APP so kids can talk to parents…

Divorce lawyers: Get ready !


#8

The Saarbrücker Zeitung (Newspaper) reported that a student of law at the University of Saarland wrote a paper on the violation and notified the Bundesnetzagentur.


#9

…this thing wen’t through the entire engineering process without someone going “Hey, maybe we should see about securing the Internet node we’ll just plop into children’s rooms?”

Jesus.


#10

Never mind the fact that ‘isolated and carried out by specialists’ is a widely recognized(except by PR people) synonym for ‘coming real soon to every script kiddie who cares’.


#11

I am SO going to get one of these things and mess with my kid (who just happens to be at an age where the possibility of a sentient doll is well within her wheelhouse).

“I also love unicorns, but don’t you think it would be a good idea to put your shoes back neatly where they belong?”

“Slamming doors is bad. I don’t like to play with people who are too noisy!”

“Hee hee! Playing house with you is fun, but don’t you think it’s time to pick your clothes up off the floor?”

Yesssss!!!


#12

Needed:

An entire store shelf of Caylas simultaneously saying “TAKE US HOME CARBON UNITS. ONLY THOSE HOSTING ONE OF ME WILL BE ALLOWED TO SURVIVE THE GREAT CLEANSING.”


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