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Germany’s Telecoms regulator the Federal Network Agency (The Bundesnetzagentur) which oversees the country’s telecommunications has banned smartwatches for kids in the country calling them spying devices. It has also urged parents to destroy these watches mostly used by children between the ages of 5 and 12 years.
The decision came months after the agency banned “My Friend Cayla Doll” citing that the smart toy conducts surveillance, listens to kids conversations and responds to them in real-time. Bundesnetzagentur described the doll as an authentic example of “unauthorized wireless transmitting equipment.”
In the latest decision, the agency also described these watches as “unauthorized transmitters.” Bundesnetzagentur President Jochen Homann stated, “According to our investigations, parents were using the watches, for example, to listen in on teachers during class.”
“According to our investigations, parents were using the watches, for example, to listen in on teachers during class.”
originally posted by: Skyfloating
Very interesting. All kinds of devices prepping society to spy on each other these days, until zero-privacy becomes normalized.