Dec 15 2017

Zachary Gates

The ABC reports experts are raising alarms in the lead-up to Christmas as to the risks of smart toys.

Dr Robert Merkel from Monash University says Snowy Monaro parents have reason to question, as some toys are able to record voice messages, internet history and location data.

He says this is because many toys from board games to rubber duckies, connect to the internet via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and applications.

Dr Merkel says a doll with speech recognition is only possible due to sensors, microphones and online data storage.

His comments came after the FBI warned US parents earlier this year about security risks associated with toys connected to the internet.

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