The Smartwatch for children is becoming a very popular device, especially those that have additional features for child safety that help both know where you are using a GPS system and even have access to listen to what happens in your environment , and this has been what motivated the German telecommunications regulator, the Federal Network Agency, to ban the sale of smartwatches for children .
The telecommunications regulator is even encouraging parents to destroy those they already own.
” Through an application, parents can use their children’s smart watches to listen to them without being discovered in the child’s environment and should be considered as an unauthorized transmission system. They are also used to listen to teachers in the classroom, “said Jochen Homann, president of the Federal Network Agency,
These watches are sold by a large number of suppliers in Germany and are generally intended for children between 5 and 12 years old. Most of these are equipped with a SIM card and a limited telephony function and are configured and controlled by an application.
What is unclear is whether the German decision to ban these smartwatches was based on the privacy issues associated with them or the security flaws that have been discovered by the Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC), which claimed that some watches had failures in the transmission and storage of unfiltered data, where with basic hacking techniques they could track children while they moved and even set them in a false location at the time that their parents searched for their location.