Smart technology and talking dolls

A Scots MEP has called for the UK to take action over the sale of a talking doll banned in other European countries amid fears that its smart technology can reveal personal data.

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Labour MEP for Scotland and vice-chair of the European Parliament’s consumer protection committee, Catherine Stihler, said:

“Germany has led the way in highlighting how technology could be exploited by criminals to target children.
“Modern technology has created wonderful learning opportunities for children, but it also increases our responsibilities around consumer protection.
“It’s concerning that these dolls are available for purchase in the UK without any warnings for parents. I will encourage EU-wide action on the sale of such products to protect consumers in Scotland and across the continent.
“While we have a seat at the top table in Brussels, we can seek to influence decisions – after Brexit we will be powerless.”