Germany bans Smartwatches for Children

By | November 20, 2017

The Bundesnetzagentur, Germany’s Telecommunication Agency, has banned the sale of smartwatches for Children. As parents were eyeing on their Children’s daily activities and this is how they were violating the rules and regulations of country’s surveillance laws. This is indeed a good move by the agency to keep the laws ahead instead of personal usages of such equipments. 

Germany’s Federal Network Agency has advised parents to destroy their Children’s smartwatches. Further, the agency has also told that the firm and retailers who would keep on selling smartwatches, they will take legal action against them. They have also released a statement regarding the same so the retailers will not be able to sell out the smartwatches in the country by now.

The agency has also released a statement by saying that the Schools have to keep an eye on the Children’s activities and they are also advised if they ever find out any student wearing Smartwatch, they should immediately inform to the agency.

In a statement, the agency president has said that, Smartwatches are great device to use a daily need but parents are using it to keep an eye on their children. They are misusing this product as they can secretly listens to the child’s environment which is not a good thing. The same has been used by parents to listen to the Teacher’s activities.

Smartwatches carry a bunch of highly useful technical features. Some of them are equipped with a SIM card which you can use to make phone calls to use a watch for various apps and other web related things just by wearing it on your wrist. Such usage of the smartwatches violates the rules of the countries and the laws as well. With this keep in mind, the agency is going to destroy the Kids and Childrens’ smartwatches by now. They will keep an eye on the Kids and Children who are wearing such watches.

The same agency had banned an internet-connected doll called, My Friend Cayla for the very same reason. According to Germany’s law, you can’t use such devices without the consent of that particular person or people. Only the Government can use such devices in public area.

Jochen Homann, president of the Federal Network Agency has said in a statement, “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.”

Most of the parents have becoming more advanced with the use of such gadgets. They use such devices to keep track of their Children’s activities and to track their exact location as they use GPS system. The Children between 5 to 12 years of age are found wearing such smartwatches as their parents offered them so that they can keep an eye on their children’s activities.

Earlier, the Agency has found that some Smartwatches record and backup the data without any encryption which is against the laws of the country. This is how the stranger hackers can easily hack your Children’s smartwatch and they can start following them and can do worse things to them which a parent would not agree to do that to his Child. This is the reason why the Agency takes firm step towards using Smartwatches by Kids and Children under 12.

While in the European countries, such Agencies are in talks with the original manufacturers to launch the watches with more security protocols so nobody can hack and track the devices and their locations. They are advised to bring tough security on the devices just like a smartphone. This is something which we common people have never though about. However, the Government is there to take care of everyone and hence they are coming up with such laws.

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