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Elf on the Shelf and 'nextgen' surveillance toys

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Dec 4, 2015.

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    RSS New Member Member

    It is that time of year again where people have their thoughts start to turn to happier scenarios of family gatherings, parties and exchanging gifts. The lions share of this season focuses on kids. When I was a kid, we had cave paintings and hockey sticks and we were happy. Now we have an over connected world and that extends to kids toys. One of the toys that has been around d for a couple years is the “Elf on the shelf” which I have always viewed as a way to teach kids that it is ok to be surveilled.

    I might be a little jaded.

    Take, for example, the new wi-fi enabled Barbie doll. This strikes me (and many others) as a really bad idea. The toy hit the market and in short order we were reading reports that attackers could compromise the dolls and gather account information, access stored audio files and manipulate the microphone. No one would take advantage of that, would they?

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