The German government is stepping up efforts to ban Cayla, who apparently has built-in spyware capability.
But keeping Germans safe from violent “asylum seekers” spreading mayhem in the country?
Not so much.
Earlier this year, Lisa Harmann received a warning from the German government: A spy might be lurking in her child’s bedroom. She should find it and destroy it.
With their 10-year-old daughter sound asleep, Ms. Harmann and her husband sneaked into the room armed with a flashlight and soon found the culprit sitting inside the cupboard, sporting a frozen smile and billowing pink skirt.
Despite her innocent looks, “My Friend Cayla” isn’t a doll—at least not in the eyes of German authorities—but an illegal eavesdropping device. On Feb. 17, after a lengthy investigation, the Federal Network Agency, Germany’s top telecommunications watchdog, issued an order to parents to find Cayla and destroy her. It also banned its sale, purchase and ownership.
“It’s about the protection of the weakest in our society,” said Jochen Homann, president of the body known as Bundesnetzagentur….