The makers of Hello Barbie say these fears are misplaced. “ToyTalk and Mattel will only use the conversations recorded through Hello Barbie to operate and improve our products, to develop better speech recognition for children, and to improve the natural language processing of children’s speech,” ToyTalk said in a statement. “Parents must grant consent…for us to collect and use the recordings for these purposes,” the company added in an email.  (more…)