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Video Barbie? What Was Mattel Thinking?

If your strange uncle gives your little girl a Barbie this Christmas you might want to make sure it stays in the box.

Beware of Barbie.  That seems to be the message from the FBI after an internal memo reportedly leaked from the agency’s Sacramento field office this week.  The memo (PDF) warns that Barbie Video Girl, a doll with a built-in video camera capable of recording for about 30 minutes, is a “possible child pornography production method.”  There have been no reported incidents since the toy was first released in July.

No, not yet…

The FBI memo, dated November 30, seems to be a few months behind TechCrunch, where reviewer Paul Carr called the product “child abuse waiting to happen” during a review at the time of the product’s release. He described it as “creepy,” then read from a press release from the PR firm that sent Tech Crunch the toy: “Unsuspecting subjects won’t know that Barbie is watching their every move.”  “This is for frickin’ pedophiles!” Carr exclaimed.  While the product’s capabilities may give some parents second thoughts, it appears to be a hot item this holiday season. A reporter for CBS 13 in Sacramento found that a local WalMart was sold out of the item, and also said that it was sold out online.

Paul Carr is probably right.  It is creepy, it serves no legitimate purpose, and will no doubt be in the news again…