A recall of a children’s smartwatch has been ordered by the European Commission following fears over a lack of encryption.
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The Commission noted in a recall alert that the Enox Safe-Kid-One device was sending and receiving data unencrypted which increases the risk of attackers taking advantage. Furthermore, the Commission stated: “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,”
Enox have appealed against the decision describing it as ‘excessive’ adding that the version tested by the Commission was no longer on sale.
This isn’t the first time that smartwatches have been in the spotlight with Germany banning the devices in November 2017. The NCSC provided advice to parents in 2017 following concerns around Vikfjord, Gator 2 and Xplora products.
Manufacturers should ensure that appropriate security measures are built in to their internet-connected devices and that emerging technologies are secure by design.
Duncan is a technology professional with over 20 years experience of working in various IT roles. He has a interest in cyber security, and has a wide range of other skills in radio, electronics and telecommunications.