Germany’s Network Agency Should Stop Telling Parents to Smash Their Kids’ Toys
In the offbeat British crime drama Life on Mars, grizzled Mancunian police detective Gene Hunt parks his prized Ford Cortina and snarls at a nearby group of children, “anything happens to this motor, and I’ll come round your houses and stamp on all your toys!” The threat works: The car remains unharmed, and he rewards them with a hail of loose change. Germany’s Federal Network Agency, the Bundesnetzagentur, seems to have taken DCI Hunt’s methods to heart: following an earlier prohibition on certain “smart dolls,” the agency recently issued a blanket ban on children’s smartwatches that offer an audio link, and ordered parents to destroy any watches they had already bought.
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