Bundesnetzagentur announces ban of children’s watches with ‘eavesdropping’ capability


The Bundesnetzagentur, or the Federal Network Agency, sent out an advisory announcement informing parents that some smart watches geared towards children are prohibited under current German law. The law specifically targets “covert listening devices,” or technology that can record or transmit while disguised as another object and can potentially be used as surveillance equipment. 

“This sort of device not only potentially puts children at risk in any number of ways, but it actually puts anyone around the child at risk,” said Tactical Tech Digital Security Coordinator Rose Regina Lawrence.

Marlene Melchior speaks with Lawrence about the risks of these prohibited devices and what parents should do if already in possession of one.