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EU Orders Recall of Children’s Smartwatch Over Severe Privacy Concerns

An nameless reader quotes a file from ZDNet: For the primary time, EU government have introduced plans to recall a product from the European marketplace as a result of of an information privateness factor. The product is Safe-KID-One, a youngsters’s smartwatch produced by means of German electronics seller ENOX. According to the corporate’s site, the watch comes with a trove of options, reminiscent of a integrated GPS tracker, integrated microphone and speaker, a calling and SMS textual content serve as, and a better half Android cellular app that oldsters can use to stay observe and get in touch with their youngsters. The product is what most folks incessantly glance in a contemporary smartwatch however in a RAPEX (Rapid Alert System for Non-Food Products) alert printed final week and noticed by means of Dutch information website Tweakers, European government ordered a mass recall of all smartwatches from end users citing severe privacy lapses. “The mobile application accompanying the watch has unencrypted communications with its backend server and the server enables unauthenticated access to data,” mentioned government within the RAPEX alert. “As a consequence, the data such as location history, phone numbers, serial number can easily be retrieved and changed.” On most sensible of this, government additionally mentioned that “a malicious user can send commands to any watch making it call another number of his choosing, can communicate with the child wearing the device or locate the child through GPS.”

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