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Date posted: 10/12/2016
The makers of the i-Que and Cayla smart toys have been accused of subjecting children to "ongoing surveillance" and posing an "imminent and immediate threat" to their safety and security.
The accusations come via a formal complaint in the US by consumer groups.
They, along with several EU bodies, are calling for investigations into the manufacturers.
Genesis Toys, which makes the products, has not responded to a request for comment.
Nuance Communications, the firm that provides speech recognition software for the products, said it takes data privacy seriously.
The firm is a subject of the US complaint, filed with the Federal Trade Commission, but said it had "adhered to our policy with respect to the voice data collected through the toys referred to in the complaint".
"Nuance does not share voice data collected from or on behalf of any of our customers with any of our other customers," spokesman Richard Mack said.
In addition to the data protection concerns, a hack allowing strangers to speak directly to children via the My Friend Cayla doll is still possible.
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