In 1999, Furbies were banned by the NSA, the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, and the Pentagon, based on the fear that the dolls would mimic top-secret discussions.
A government source told the Washington Post, “people would take the dolls home and they’d start talking classified.”
A spokesman for Tiger Electronics, maker of Furbies, said the fears were based on “funny yet incorrect rumors,” adding that, “although Furby is a clever toy, it does not record or mimic voices. The NSA did not do their homework. Furby is not a spy.”
At least that’s what they want us to believe.