"Kids using 'Hello Barbie' won't only be talking to a doll, they'll be talking directly to a toy conglomerate whose only interest in them is financial."

Privacy concerns about WiFi-enabled Siri-like Barbie

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Wed, Mar 18th, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Privacy advocates are worried about Hello Barbie, a Wi-Fi-enabled Barbie doll with Siri-like functions capable of recording and responding to children's conversations.

Hello Barbie, which is still in prototype form, can initiate storytelling and listen, learn and adapt according to a child's playtime preferences.

Asked, "What should I be when I grow up?" during a demo, the doll responded: "Well, you told me you like being on stage. So how about a dancer? Or a politician? Or a dancing politician?"

Its listening function is activated only when a button on Barbie's belt buckle is pressed.

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