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Beware Christmas gifts that can deliver data to Beijing

Information collected by toys, appliances and apps subject to Chinese inspection

| China
A girl plays with a UBTech robotic kit: Consumers are enabling companies in China, and thus Beijing, to access their user data.   © Business Wire/AP

Aynne Kokas is an associate professor of media studies at the University of Virginia and the author of "Trafficking Data: How China is Winning the Battle for Digital Sovereignty."

Shoppers in the U.S. and other advanced economies are preparing for their Christmas shopping with a focus on price, amid the highest inflation rates in decades and a deepening economic slowdown.

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