Fuzzible Friends Alexa Connected Toy

Warning: *privacy not included with this product

Fuzzible Friends Alexa Connected Toy

Jazwares
Bluetooth

Review date: Nov. 8, 2021

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Mozilla says

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People voted: Super creepy

These little fuzzy stuffed toys come as a fox, puppy, bunny, or unicorn. Pair them up over Bluetooth with an Amazon Echo device and the Fuzzible skill for Alexa will play with your kids. There are lights and sounds and a unique language the company says is "made up of gibberish and silly sound effects." Interactive fuzzy toys are fun.

What could happen if something goes wrong?

“Hey, Alexa, let’s play Fuzzible Friends!” Say that and your Amazon Echo device will start up and connect over Bluetooth to your little fuzzy friend. The stuffed toy itself doesn’t have a microphone built in, which is good. Still, Amazon’s Alexa and a company called Creativity Incorporated that developed Fuzzible’s Alexa Skill will be listening to your child play. Here’s how they say they use what they listen to.

First it’s great that Creativity Incorporated has a privacy policy for their Alexa Skill. Studies have found that’s unfortunately not always the case with developers of Alexa Skills. In their privacy policy they say they can receive personal data based on the parental consent granted to Amazon. So, you can choose to give Amazon permission to collect your child’s personal information. And Amazon says, if you don’t choose to grant that permission, they still might process your child’s voice recordings through certain Alexa features. If it all sounds quite confusing, it’s because it is. What does Amazon do with any data they might collect from those processed voice recordings? We’re not 100% clear on that. Amazon does say that child-directed Alexa Skills cannot sell physical products or services; sell digital products or services without using Amazon In-Skill Purchasing; or collect any personal information from children. Which feels like everything could be OK. We just aren't able to confirm that.

Also, according to the privacy policy of Creativity Incorporated, they collect anonymized information about users of their Alexa voice app for the Fuzzible. This information includes geolocation data and transcripts of the child’s sessions, including personal data of things said while your child is talking with their Fuzzilble fuzzy friend. The example the company uses to explain how this works says, “For example, if you state your age during a session, then that statement will appear in the transcript.” While all this is anonymized, which is good, that doesn’t mean it’s still not a lot of data being collected on your child. And as privacy researchers often point out, it’s been found to be pretty easy to de-anonymize some types of data and track down an individual’s patterns, especially with location data.

So, is the Fuzzible Friend with Alexa a safe toy for your child to play with. Well, we couldn't confirm this product meets our Minimum Security Standards. And the company says the toy "ran its course and is no longer being manufactured." We're not sure what that means when it comes to any data collection or privacy considerations. It’s likely nothing will go wrong. It’s also possible data could be collected on your child. All in all, we have to say your best bet is to assume privacy might not be included with this toy if you chose to connect it to an Echo device. “Alexa, stop!”

Tips to protect yourself

mobile Privacy Security warning A.I.

Can it snoop on me? information

Camera

Device: No

App: N/A

Microphone

Device: No

App: N/A

Tracks location

Device: No

App: N/A

What can be used to sign up?

To be paired with Amazon Echo devices

What data does the company collect?

How does the company use this data?

Creativity Incorporated, developer of the Alexa Skill for the toy, receives Personal Data pursuant to parental consent granted to a third-party platform operator, that is, to Amazon. For those Services that are targeted to children under 13 years of age, they either do not intentionally collect any information that requires any level of parental consent under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), or receive Personal Data pursuant to parental consent granted to a third party platform operator (e.g., Amazon for voice app Services offered through Alexa).

According to the privacy policy of Creativity Incorporated, developer of Alexa Skill for the toy, they collect anonymized information about the users of voice app services. This information is provided by the operator of the platform on which the Service is provided (e.g., Alexa). This information includes the user’s geolocation when using the Service, and transcripts of user sessions. Because they receive transcripts of user sessions, they collect any Personal Data you disclose during your session with the voice app. For example, if you state your age during a session, then that statement will appear in the transcript.

How can you control your data?

Creativity Incorporated retains Personal Data for as long as necessary to provide the Services and fulfill the transactions you have requested, or for other necessary purposes such as complying with our legal obligations, resolving disputes and enforcing our agreements. Because these factors vary for different types of Personal Data, actual retention periods may vary.

What is the company’s known track record of protecting users’ data?

Average

No known incidents in the last 3 years

Can this product be used offline?

Yes

User-friendly privacy information?

No

Links to privacy information

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards? information

Unknown

Encryption

Yes

Strong password

Not Applicable

The toy can be connected via Bluetooth to Amazon Echo.

Security updates

Can’t Determine

Manages vulnerabilities

Can’t Determine

Privacy policy

Yes

Does the product use AI? information

Yes

Is this AI untrustworthy?

Can’t Determine

What kind of decisions does the AI make about you or for you?

Voice recognition, if connected to Alexa

Is the company transparent about how the AI works?

Can’t Determine

Does the user have control over the AI features?

Can’t Determine


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The worlds of plush and technology collide with the kid friendly Fuzzible skill for Alexa! Fuzzible Friends™ are adorably soft, plush animals that speak their own unique language.

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