CHILDREN’S PRIVACYNovember 4, 2010
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Barbie may be getting older, but she is certainly keeping up with new technology--with her most recent iteration, complete with a built-in camera, raising privacy concerns. The Barbie Video Girl doll comes equipped with the ability to record up to 30 minutes of video and a color LCD screen in her back. The doll is being criticized for enabling children to film themselves and others using the hidden camera in the doll's necklace, creating videos that can then be transferred to a computer. Some experts suggest better privacy laws are needed to protect children against the potential inappropriate use of technology.