Read this before buying a Wi-Fi-connected toy for your child

Be careful — your child’s connected teddy bear may be watching you. Increasingly popular internet-connected toys pose a privacy concern for the children who use them and their families, the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned Americans this week.

Smart toy sales increased 96% from September 2015 to September 2016, according to global information company NPD group. But there has also been a rise in the number of high-profile hacks and data breaches affecting children. In April, more than two million recorded messages from parents and children stored by CloudPets plush connected toy company were exposed to potential hackers, along with 800,000 emails and passwords.

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