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TECH 24 Dec 2018 | 2:30 AM

Is your child being watched? The hidden dangers of smart toys

Whether it's a talking teddy bear or a robot that learns through artificial intelligence, interactive toys are increasingly popular with kids. But have you ever wondered what happens to the data they collect, and who can access it?

TECH 07 Dec 2018 | 2:30 AM

Beware the ‘smart toys’ that spy on your kids

Children talk to their toys as if they're really listening, sometimes confiding in dolls and stuffed animals.

TECH 24 Nov 2017 | 2:00 AM

‘Connected’ toys might invade children’s privacy, US consumer group warns

Parents have a new worry when it comes to holiday shopping for the young people on their list this year – so-called connected toys that may invade children's privacy.

TECH 18 Jul 2017 | 10:30 PM

FBI warns parents of privacy risks associated with Internet-connected toys

The FBI warned parents of privacy and safety risks from children's toys connected to the Internet.

TECH 12 Jun 2017 | 10:30 PM

Seven reasons you need to care about your kids’ online privacy

If you don't want to have the living daylights scared out of you, don't talk to an expert on kids' online privacy.

TECH 23 May 2017 | 1:00 AM

Watch out in a world of connected objects, cyber specialists warn

In the brave new inter-connected world heralded by the Internet of Things (IoT), so-called “ransomware” attacks could have as their source something quite mundane and yet present in ever more modern households.

TECH 18 May 2017 | 12:00 AM

Cyber kid stuns experts showing toys can be ‘weapons’

An 11-year-old "cyber ninja" stunned an audience of security experts by hacking into their Bluetooth devices to manipulate a teddy bear and show how interconnected smart toys "can be weaponised".

TECH 06 Dec 2016 | 8:43 AM

‘Spy’ toys face complaints from EU, US watchdogs

EU and US consumer watchdogs announced they are filing complaints against a clutch of smart toys that can “spy” on children and their homes, for allegedly breaching privacy and data protection laws.

TECH 12 May 2015 | 10:00 AM

IBM's Watson strives to be jack of all trades

Watson already has won a major TV game show, is looking for a cure for cancer and has ambitious gastronomy ambitions including devising a recipe for chocolate-beef burritos.