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vtech fined by ftc for iot toy data privacy breach

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vtech fined by ftc for iot toy data privacy breach

there is a price to be paid for not properly securing technology that leads a privacy data breach. on jan. 8, the u.s. federal trade commission (ftc) announced that it settled with vtech electronics over charges that it violated children's privacy law and the ftc act. vtech will pay a fine of $650,000 as part of the ftc settlement that comes from a december 2015 data breach that exposed information on 5 million children."as a parent, i know raising raising digital natives comes with a host of new challenges," ftc commissioner terrell mcsweeny wrote in a twitter message. "this case underscores that we must remain mindful about how kids data is collected & used by toys & that toymakers must comply w/ #coppa"further readingcoppa is the children’s online privacy protection act which became a law in 1998. mcsweeny noted that the vtech breach is the first ftc connected toy privacy and data security case involving coppa. with coppa, websites and those that operate online services directed at children have certain responsibilities in regards to the collection of personal information and privacy. vtech has an app called kid connect which is used with some of its electronic toys. it was the kid connect online database that was breached by attackers in november 2015. in december 2015, british law enforcement officials arrested a 21-year old main in connection with the data breach.the root cause of the breach, by vtech's own admission, was lack of database security. the attac...