Officials in Germany have officially banned children’s doll, My Friend Cayla, over claims the toy is “spying” on kids. Last holiday season an American watchdog group alleged the same about the creepy listening, recording and reporting doll.
Now the German government has ordered the doll banned from all stores while advising parents to destroy any existing toys. In the order, officials cited the toy’s ability to snoop on their children’s conversations as well as any and all surrounding conversations.
In December, the Inquisitr reported the initial My Friend Cayla spying controversy in the U.S., as the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) had teamed up with several consumer organizations to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, claiming that the doll and another product from Genesis Toys, such as the I-Que Robot, have spying capabilities. Continue reading