UK May Approve Bill Allowing Spying on Individuals via Their Kids Toys

British government’s new investigatory bill (pdf) has a proposal on making it legal to hack smart toys in order to allow investigators to get to pry on suspects.

A few weeks back an expert (Matt Jakubowski) showed how Wifi enabled Hello Barbie can be used to reveal Wifi network name, account IDs and MP3 files, though, spying on people via smart devices has been in discussion for a long time now.

One of many measures in discussion

This strategy could be one of many measures governments around the world are taking to track down cyber criminals and terrorists.

According to Antony Walker, deputy chief executive officer of tech UK, smart tools can be a handy tool for the government to help in major investigations.

“In the context of the Internet of Things, you have many types of connected devices … [such as] toys [that] children can interact [with].” Mr. Walker said at the second session on the Investigatory Powers Bill,

“These devices may sit in a child’s bedroom, but they may be accessible. In theory, the manufacturer of the products could be subject to a warrant to enable equipment interference with those devices.”


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