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Smart watches used by parents for children surveillance are now prohibited in Germany

The use of smart watches will be prohibited for children in Germany because it was proved that parents can use them  for surveillance. “Via an app, parents can use such watches to secretly listen to a child’s environment. They are to be seen as a prohibited transmitter,” Jochen Homann, president of the Federal Network Agency, said in a statement.

“Our investigation has also shown that parents have used the watches to listen to teachers in the classroom,” he added. Germany’s telecoms regulator has banned the sale of “smart watches” that can be used by parents to check on their children. It also urged parents to destroy the watches, which are widely available on the German market and target children between the ages of 5 to 12. Surveillance is a particularly sensitive issue in Germany, which has now strict surveillance laws.

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If individuals actions of surveillance are prohibited, the Criminal Office was allowed to use even special software to protect Germany against terrorist attack.. Legal basis for police and the state to use malware to spy on mobile phones, chat groups and Internet accounts exists. The legislation gives the state greater latitude to use video cameras to monitor public spaces like city squares, stadiums, shopping malls and parking lots. The law which came into force on June 20, 2017 also requires airlines to collect and retain for five years information on passengers including their contact details, means of booking and payment and even choice of seats.

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