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VTech launches secure site months after kid-focused hack, but read the fine print

VTech launches secure site months after kid-focused hack, but read the fine print
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You might remember back in November and December we told you about a serious hack at children's toy manufacturer VTech. Not only did the hacker get the information on 4 million parents, it got the information, including pictures and birthdays, of more than 200,000 kids.

Linking the information together gave the hacker a lot of information about thousands of families, including the physical addresses of the kids. It was a major black eye for VTech, and a wake-up call for toy makers contemplating fancy online services, and for the parents who use them. Now, after two months VTech is back.

VTech has relaunched the app site it took down after the hack. The site has been updated with stronger security that will hopefully keep hackers out. However, there's another change that parents need to know.

The change is in VTech's terms of service under the section "Limitations of Liability." It says,

You acknowledge and agree that any information you send or receive during your use of the site may not be secure and may be intercepted or later acquired by unauthorized parties.

In other words, VTech isn't even going to pretend that it can keep your family's information safe. And by using the site, you give up any right to complain. Whether this clause will hold up in court is open to debate, but you probably don't want to risk it.

Do you think VTech should get points for being honest, or should it have left that clause out? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Source: The Guardian
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