MyFriend Cayla And i-Que Robot ‘Smart Toys’ Accused Of Beaming Child Voice Data To Defense Contractor
The recordings are sent to a third-party Nuance Communication. Nuance Communication is a massive corporation that is best known for its Dragon-branded suite of speech-to-text dictation software. It also sells healthcare diction technology and is a defense contractor that sells voice biometric solutions to military, intelligence, and law enforcement agencies.
Both companies have been accused of violating laws relating to children’s online privacy. Companies who gather data regarding children must provide notice to, and obtain consent from parents about their privacy practices. Parents have the right to review their children’s data and have it deleted, or not have it shared with third parties. The terms of service from both companies are long, difficult to find, and subject to change without notice. The Bluetooth connections are also terribly insecure.
The complaint asks for the FTC to investigate Nuance and Genesis’ actions, halt anything illegal or unethical, and provide “other relief” as “necessary and appropriate.” Nuance and Genesis have yet to issue a response.