Germany bans kids’ smartwatches that can be used to eavesdrop

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A German regulator has banned domestic sales of children’s smartwatches that have a listening function — warning that parents have been using the devices to secretly eavesdrop on teachers at their kids’ school. In an announcement on Friday, the Federal Network Agency telecoms watchdog said it had already taken action against some online sellers. The target group for the smartwatches are children between the ages of 5 and 12 years. “Via an app, parents can use such children’s watches to listen unnoticed to the child’s environment and they are to be…

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