VTech Settles With FTC To Make It’s Problems With Insecure Toys Go Away

You might recall that VTech got caught on multiple fronts selling toys that leaked all sorts of personal info and were generally insecure. Well, the company has settled the biggest of those issues. VTech settled with the US Federal Trade Commission following a data breach that exposed the data of 6.5 million customers. The company has to pay up a paltry $650K fine. But is also permanently forbidden from violating The US Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and from misrepresenting its security and privacy practices, and will be subject to independent audits for 20 years.

Now I personally would have liked to see a much stiffer fine. Plus I would like to have seen more oversight as well as I think VTech came out ahead on this one. But any sort of punishment is better than none I suppose.


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