Connected Children’s Toys and Their Vulnerabilities

The vulnerabilities of the Internet of Things (IoT) have found their way into children’s toy boxes. Senator Bill Nelson, Ranking Member of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation has raised his concerns in a new report, ‘Children’s Connected Toys: Data Security and Privacy Concerns’.

New “Connected Toys” augment children’s learning with interactive games and other applications, but the amount of sensitive data they collect and transmit to the manufacturers is raising concern. Some of these toys collect sensitive personally identifiable information (PII) such as name, home address, email address, or even GPS location. All of these sensitive details are at risk if the information is not adequately protected during transmission or while on servers and could leave children vulnerable to inappropriate communication with others, or even to identity fraud.

Senator Nelson’s report includes recommendations for manufactures, the Federal Trade Commission, and parents. “In the meantime, parents should remain vigilant by selecting connected toys with strong data protection practices to ensure their children’s information is safe”

View the report here on the HSDL.