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Is the doll “My Friend Cayla” an illegal eavesdropping device?

The toy “My Friend Cayla” uses Bluetooth to connect to a dedicated smartphone or tablet app, via which it is also connected to the Internet. Something you won’t realise at first is that the doll can listen in on conversations and transmit them over a wireless connection. read more

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WhatsApp and privacy

WhatsApp is the world’s most popular messaging service, allowing users to share moments with friends, family and acquaintances 24 hours a day, seven days a week – in real time. But the announcement of recent weeks and the news from Hamburg’s data protection commissioner Johannes Caspar are detracting from all the chat fun – or are they? read more

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I spy with my little eye: video surveillance

A “publicly accessible area” within the meaning of Section 6b of Germany’s Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) is an area which anyone can enter. Any restrictions on access, such as entrance tickets or proof that a person has reached the age of majority, are of no relevance to this definition. read more

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