Big Sister is Watching You…?

We see as through a glass darkly

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Say hello to “Hello Barbie“, the world’s first fully interactive, Wi-Fi enabled doll. Not surprising that “privacy advocates” are up-in-arms over the fact that Mattel’s new release is equipped with a microphone which captures your children’s conversations and questions, pinging them back to the corporate “cloud” where servers process the information and send responses back to “Hello Barbie” to speak in response to your enamored child. Of course, reactions such as the found here on theverge.com only go so far as to be concerned about your basic “meta-data gathering”, as if the worst thing to ponder is simply another way that companies can track consumer data to give them an “unfair marketing advantage”.

I’d say they’ve already figured out that you’re probably in the market for female-geared children’s toys by the fact that you bought a Barbie doll in the first place. A doll with a microphone, installed…

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