Privacy Report Card for Children's Smart Toys
Mohammad Mannan and Amr Youssef
The team composed two academic manuscripts on their developed methodologies and analytical/experimental evaluation frameworks. The team found that most toys collect privacy-sensitive information and share with third parties for unclear purposes. Moreover, the toys' companion apps are largely over-privileged, requesting privacy-sensitive permissions that are not necessary, or not used at all. The use of unique device identifiers by companion apps can facilitate tracking children across different services or platforms.
The researchers also shared their findings with toy makers, and outlined a list of best practices that the toy makers can apply to facilitate better security and privacy protection.
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This project received funding support through the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s Contributions Program. The opinions expressed in the summary and report(s) are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Summaries have been provided by the project authors. Please note that the projects appear in their language of origin.
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