Toy Vendor VTech Hit With FTC Fine for Child Privacy Breach


Today’s topics include the FTC fine internet of things toy vendor VTech received for a 2015 privacy breach; Microsoft blocking downloads of its Meltdown and Spectre patches to certain devices. Microsoft’s latest moves with Cortana to keep pace with Alexa and Google Assistant; and Huawei bringing its Mate 10 Pro flagship smartphone to the United States.

On Jan. 8, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced that VTech Electronics will pay a settlement of $650,000 for violating children’s privacy laws and the FTC Act during a December 2015 data breach that exposed information on 5 million children.

FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny said, “We must remain mindful about how kids data is collected & used by toys & … toymakers must comply [with COPPA].” COPPA is the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act from 1998, which gives websites and online services directed at children certain responsibilities in regard to the collection of personal information and privacy.

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