Toys and Games

Department for Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 27th March 2017.

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Photo of Lord Harris of Haringey Lord Harris of Haringey Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Price on 6 March (HL5447), what assessment they have made of concerns for child security and privacy presented by the marketing of My Friend Cayla dolls in the UK.

Photo of Lord Ashton of Hyde Lord Ashton of Hyde Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

The Government is aware of reports that some internet-connected children’s toys potentially pose a risk in terms of cybersecurity. As with all internet connected devices, the quality of these products varies.

The cyber security of the UK is a top priority for the Government. Manufacturers of internet-connected devices should ensure those devices have appropriate security measures built in and seek to ensure emerging technologies are secure by default.

Where internet-connected products are collecting personal data, organisations that process that personal data in the UK must comply Data Protection Act’s (DPA) eight data protection principles.

These include requiring personal data to be processed fairly and lawfully; to be accurate and up-to-date; not to be kept for longer than is necessary; and to be processed in accordance with the rights of the data subjects under the DPA. Failure to comply with the Act is an offence. Further information about these obligations can be found on the ICO’s website at:

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