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Smartwatches For Kids Banned In Germany Over Privacy Concerns

Are smartwatches, smartphones, and tablets designed for kids something that is really necessary? We suppose we can’t blame manufacturers for trying to cover all their bases, but unfortunately over in Germany it seems that the authorities aren’t too thrilled about such devices and have recently banned the sales of smartwatches aimed at children.

In fact the country’s Federal Network Agency has gone as far as urging parents who own such devices to “destroy them”. According to Jochen Homann, president of the Federal Network Agency, “Via an app, parents can use such children’s watches to listen unnoticed to the child’s environment and they are to be regarded as an unauthorised transmitting system. According to our research, parents’ watches are also used to listen to teachers in the classroom.”

The agency has also stated that they have taken action against several companies who offer such devices on the internet. They are also urging schools to “pay more attention” to such devices used by students, although we have to wonder if children wearing “adult” smartwatches are fine?

That being said, this isn’t the first time that smart devices aimed at kids have come under fire over Privacy Concerns. Earlier this year Germany also banned a “smart” doll from being sold, and just last month toymaker Mattel announced their decision to cancel an upcoming smart speaker for kids after some have questioned the company on their plans on how they plan to store and protect the data that it collects.

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