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Are high-tech talking toys a privacy concern?

Should parents worry about Internet-connected toys that converse with kids?
High-tech toys raise privacy concerns 01:44

Talking to your toys has always been a part of growing up, but what if they could have a real conversation with your child?

A new generation of connected toys is available this holiday season -- and some come with privacy issues parents need to keep in mind.

"My full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts, but you can call me Barbie."

Yes, that's Barbie talking to you. In partnership with Mattel, San Francisco-based ToyTalk created Hello Barbie, a doll that can have a conversation and remember details you tell it, like a favorite color.

The high-tech Barbie is armed with thousands of scripted responses, and has a built-in microphone, speaker and Wi-Fi chip.

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"That lets our servers understand what a child says to Hello Barbie and also us to send down to the doll what Barbie should respond back with," Oren Jacob, CEO and co-founder of ToyTalk told's Lexy Savvides.

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If you're concerned about what data is collected, ToyTalk says parents can always access and delete recorded conversations through the website.

"There are no people with headphones on listening to what children say. Our servers process audio automatically," explained Jacob.

Hello Barbie won't answer inappropriate questions. The My Friend Cayla doll, which also converses with kids, has raised some concerns, however. While Cayla has some conversation filters, the doll can access the web, which may lead to answers potentially unsuitable for kids.

In the video above, Cayla uses online information to talk about the nation's most famous intern, Monica Lewinsky, and her relationship to former President Clinton.

You can expect more toys that will interact, converse and learn.

The Cognitoys dinosaur adjusts to a child's personality by using the same artificial intelligence as IBM's Watson. Even Google may get into the game. The company filed a patent for an Internet-connected teddy bear that could react to voice commands and help control other devices.

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