Toys and Games:Written question - HL5447

Asked on: 20 February 2017
Department for International Trade
Toys and Games
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to restricting the marketing of My Friend Cayla dolls in the UK, in the light of the decision of the German Federal Network Agency to remove them from the market in Germany on grounds of concerns about data security and privacy.
Answered by: Lord Price
Answered on: 06 March 2017

The Government has robust consumer and data protection frameworks which are led by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department for Culture Media and Sport respectively. Products can be removed from the UK market where they are found to be in breach of the legislation.

The Data Protection Act 1998 puts in place a framework for the protection of personal data, balancing the privacy rights of individuals with the legitimate needs of organisations to make use of such data. It ensures respect for individuals’ rights to privacy and keeps their personal information secure from abuse.

Any alleged breaches of legislation should be reported through to the Citizens Advice consumer helpline

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