The German telecoms regulator, the Federal Network Agency, has banned the sale of smartwatches aimed at children, dubbing them spying devices. The regulator is also advising parents with children who already own the devices to destroy them. The move comes after the same regulator banned an internet-connected doll for similar reasons.
The ban by the German agency comes on the back of a report by the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) which warned that most children’s GPS-tracking smartwatches are rife with security flaws that are vulnerable to hackers. With such flaws a hacker could use the mic and camera to capture a child’s conversations and environment. Furthermore, a hacker could spoof the device’s location in order to trick a parent who might be monitoring the device which would cause the parent to lose tabs on their child.