Digital toy-maker Vtech has been called to account by US authorities after data on children was harvested by cyber criminals in a high profile security breach. The company has been asked to explain how it gathers data, the content of the data it collects, and how it is stored. The focus is particularly on children aged 12 years and under. Data on over 6 million children was taken in the attack – many of them based in the US.
American senators are keen to hold this Hong Kong-based company to account with a series of private lawsuits likely to follow. Shares in Vtech have fallen as a result and it is no doubt a worrying time of year for the company, with Christmas sales critical to annual profits.
VTech must respond to the US Government by the January 8th, 2016 deadline.