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Maybe your TV never records any of your casual conversations.Here's the chief quandary: Every technological benefit comes with a cost in the form of a threat to privacy. Yet not paying that price has its own cost: an inability to participate in some of technology's greater achievements.Because smart gadgets thrive on data – data about you and your habits, data about what large numbers of people do or say or appear to want in particular situations – it's difficult not to share pretty much everything with them. The consequences aren't restricted to phones and TVs:When cameras were invented, legal scholars debated how far you can go snapping pictures of people in public.Step One in managing interactions with our newly smart digital companions comes down to simple attentiveness. Parents, for instance, can be actively involved in what their kids are doing – in this case, by taking the time to review and delete conversations from ToyTalk's website.If enough people rise up, companies will stop.
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