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FBI: ‘Video Girl’ Barbie Has Potential For Child Porn

Camera can record video, audio directly to computer
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WASHINGTON (CBS) — U.S. law enforcement officials have issued an alert warning that a new Barbie doll can do more than just record video.

FBI Tells Law Enforcement That “Video Girl” Barbie Has Potential For Child Porn, KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz Reports

A memo from the Federal Bureau of Investigations warns that “Video Girl Barbie” could be used to make child pornography using a digital video camera installed in the middle of her chest.
 


The camera can record up to 30 minutes of video and audio that can be streamed directly to a computer, although officials say there is no evidence the doll can stream directly to the Internet.

Despite the muted warning, parents are already concerned.

Mattell said in a statement that its “products are designed with children and their best interests in mind. Many of Mattel’s employees are parents themselves and we understand the importance of child safety — it is our number one priority.”

Read the entire FBI cyber crime alert here.

The FBI says there have been no reported incidents involving the doll since the doll was first released in July.

(©2010 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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