The description clearly informs the user that one of the core functionalities of the app is chat, which requires two-way communication, where Angela (a chat bot, not a real person) answers with text and voice in English and talks to the user about a variety of subjects.
The data collected by the app from the user is not shared with anyone and is actually sent to only in the form of an anonymized data log (no names, no numbers, no personal data).
PLEASE CHECK YOUR CHILDREN’S IPODS AND ALL TO MAKE SURE THEY DO NOT HAVE THIS ATTENTION PARENTS & GRANDPARENTS!
All of this sort of misinformation is completely unfounded.
We’ve spent a good deal of time testing the Talking Angela app, and it has shown no sign of being anything other than what it is supposed to be.
Likewise, Sophos’ Naked Security site also found warnings that the Talking Angela app is prompting children to behave in ways that raise privacy concerns to br unfounded: “Talking Angela” is just another entry in a series of similar harmless apps for kids created by the same developer: The truth is that “Talking Angela” appears to be entirely benign, and there are no obvious privacy concerns that differentiate it from thousands of other i Phone apps.
Indeed, the “Talking Angela” app is no different from other similar popular children’s apps from reputable i OS developer Out Yes, Talking Angela can engage in chat with users and upload photos taken through the app to social media, but none of the information revealed in that process in shared with anyone, and the latter occurs only with the user’s permission: We wish to emphasise that no personal data whatsoever is being collected from the users of our app Talking Angela, which is available as an i OS, Android and Facebook app.
Yes, Angela may ask some questions involving the disclosure of personal information during text chats, but those questions are rather innocuous (e.g., “What’s your name? ”), the responses aren’t forwarded or shared outside the app, and none of this takes place unless Child Mode is specifically disabled.
As the noted about Talking Angela, the one legitimate criticism of the app is that it’s too easy to toggle Talking Angela out of Child Mode, thereby enabling it to engage in conversations (about subjects such as dating) that parents may find inappropriate for younger children: The most important thing for parents to understand is that Talking Angela has a child mode.
There is also a camera feature, which has been referenced in some of the Facebook messages about Talking Angela. There’s not even the “swipe down with two fingers” or “write this sequence of numbers as figures” parental gate that’s become common in children’s apps in recent months.
It’s true that it encourages users to look into their device’s camera and make specific gestures: nod, shake head, smile, yawn or stick out their tongue, so Angela can copy it.
This is only done if the user wants to do it and the photos are not sent anywhere else.