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France’s data protection authority, the CNIL, has issued a formal notice to the creator of the “My Friend Caylaâ€� doll and the “I-Que” robot for violating the country’s data protection laws. The CNIL conducted an investigation into the security capabilities of the products, finding an individual could connect a mobile phone to the toy from nine meters away via Bluetooth. Following the examination, the CNIL determined Hong Kong-based manufacturer Genesis Industries Limited is in violation of Article 1 of the French Data Protection Act. Genesis now has two months to comply with the Data Protection Act, or face possible sanctions. The “My Friend Caylaâ€� doll has been banned in Germany, and has been pegged as a toy to avoid by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group.
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