2. The Developers Say Your Kids Are Safe
The Talking Angela hoax has been debunked by multiple respected authorities, including The Guardian and Softpedia, a website which tracks software related news and tech developments. Both of these sites say that Talking Angela is a safe app for kids to use.
Snopes published a statement from Outfit7. The statement reads:
“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 iOS, Android and Facebook app.
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 Out Fit7 only in the form of an anonymized data log (no names, no numbers, no personal data).”
The development team at Outfit7 have also put together an FAQ about the Talking Angela hoax. This FAQ answers questions like “Does the Talking Angela app collect personal data?” and “Is Talking Angela Suitable for Children?”
The FAQ entry for “Does Talking Angela Ask Personal Questions?” is especially interesting. It reads:
“When not operating in child mode, Talking Angela asks users their name and age. The reason for this is to provide the best possible experience and optimize the app’s content. Although all topics are family-friendly, the Talking Angela app is able to determine the most suitable topics of conversation according to a user’s age. For example, if the user is a child, the chat bot will discuss familiar topics such as school.
This information will be visible to Outfit7 only on an aggregated level. This means that we will be able to see how many users of each age we have, but will not be able to determine the name and age of a particular user.”
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