John Lewis pulls children's smartwatch from sale over spying fears

Kids smartwatches are at hacking risk

According to NCC watches tested from brands included Gator and Global Positioning System for kids.

John Lewis has removed a children's smartwatch from sale amid concerns that it could be easily hacked to track their location.

At least one of the named smartwatches has been pulled from the shelves of United Kingdom department store chain John Lewis, while the manufacturers named in the NCC report rapidly announced that the issues the watchdog raised are being addressed, if they have not been amended already. The inspected smartwatches function similar to smartphones.

Watches with SOS feature allows the child to instantly contact their parents, which priced around $132.

Some children's smartwatches, created to allow parents to keep tabs and talk to their kids remotely, could actually fall prey to hackers and eavesdroppers, a state-funded watchdog in Europe has warned, BBC reports.

It was also discovered that some of the watches didn't encrypt stored and transmitted data, making it much easier for hackers to access the information. He said that parents will be shocked if they come to know about risks involved. "While there is no denying the huge benefits smart gadgets can bring to our daily lives, safety and security should be the absolute priority".

Mnemonic found that in just a few simple steps, a stranger could seize control of the Gator and SeTracker watches, and then track, eavesdrop on and even communicate with the child. Moreover, it is waiting for "further advice and reassurance from the supplier".

Global Positioning System for kids said it has now addressed the security flaw and will be offering existing customers an upgrade. Moreover, they have offered an upgrade to existing customers. Furthermore, it is developing innovative and secure apps for customers.



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