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Friday Factoid: Hello Barbie, Goodbye Privacy

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) prevents the online collection of information provided by children under the age of 13. Toy maker Mattel was recently sued on the claim that its Hello Barbie doll violates COPPA. Hello Barbie has a feature which can record the user’s conversations with the doll and store the conversations online. To address COPPA concerns, an adult must create an online account before the conversation feature is activated and the account owner is notified by email when comments are collected by the doll’s microphone. The plaintiffs in this case are concerned that the doll can be used to record messages from the user’s playmates (for whom no consent has been granted). Source: ABA Journal Jon Wachs websiteIf you have any questions regarding the content of this communication, please contact Jonathan R. Wachs: jwachs@offitkurman.com | 301.575.0302. If you would like to subscribe to receive Friday Factoids® in your inbox click here.