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Sen. Warner wants FTC to address ‘smart toys’

Joe Mont | May 24, 2017

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), on May 22, sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission asking the agency about its efforts to protect children’s privacy following several high-profile instances of children’s data being hacked.

His letter follows one Sen. Warner sent to then-Chairwoman Edith Ramirez on July 6, 2016 urging the FTC to work with Congress to strengthen protections for children’s personal information given the increase in apps and Internet-connected “smart toys.”

“Recent events have illustrated that in addition to security concerns with the devices themselves, new data-intensive functionalities of these devices necessitate attention to the manner in which vendors transmit and store user data collected by these devices,” Warner wrote in his letter to Acting Chairwoman Maureen Ohlhausen. “Reports of your statements casting these risks as merely...

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