Apple Watch banned from UK government cabinet meetings over spying concerns

By , Oct 10, 2016

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British newspaper The Telegraph reported yesterday that the Apple Watch has been banned from government cabinet meetings after ministers warned wearable devices could be vulnerable to hacking by state-sponsored spies. Smartphones, too, have been barred from cabinet meetings because of similar concerns, with one source saying that “the Russians are trying to hack everything.”

Under UK’s former prime minister David Cameron, several cabinet ministers wore smartwatches, including the former Justice Secretary Michael Gove.

Under the new prime minister Theresa May, ministers have been barred from wearing smartwatches over fear that they could be used by hackers “as listening devices.”

Earlier in the summer, Apple’s Siri was entered as a speaker in an official Australian Parliament transcript as “Hey Siri” accidentally kicked into action and derailed a hearing.

According to The Verge, Apple’s wearable device has been banned from Australian cabinet meetings, too. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, who is a technology fan, used to check his Apple Watch in the chamber of the House of Representatives, but not anymore.

He is now obliged to take it off before cabinet meetings, a government spokesman has confirmed, due to a long-standing policy that no communication devices may be taken into the sensitive room.

As noted by Alastair MacGibbon, who is an advisor for Turnbull on cyber security, greater attention must be paid to communications security as more Internet-connected personal devices emerge, “from glasses to running shoes.”

Source: The Telegraph

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  • NanamiAsuri

    Yeah… They’d better get into a concrete sealed room with only candle light. If you’re worried about people listening on on you then you’ll have to ban a LOT of things, pacemakers, hearing aids, computers, phones, smart watches, usb sticks, light bulbs etc etc. Sound can travel through a lot of materials too not just digitally

  • mrgerbik

    ‘The russians are trying to hack everything’??
    Is this for real?

    • Javiers

      That’s pathetic if you asked.

      • mrgerbik

        why? because ‘you saw it in da news’? give me a break. Its political maneuvering – it’s not necessarily true because Dolf Fritzer, Handerson Pooper or some other TV talking muppet said so

  • 5723alex .

    So,the insecure Android Wear and Tizen are allowed but Apple Watch Not ?

  • Lt. Nimitz

    Are they sure “The Russians” are the ones British and Australians are worried about? Here only one country was fund on spying and bullying everybody else and definitely was not Russia.

  • Exes Man

    Simply ridiculous! So let’s all go naked so that only have to look inside the ass.

  • John Smith

    What about the Moto 360, the Samsung Gear, the Fitbit, the Garmin, the Strava?

    • Shinonuke

      Are you implying that those watches have the capabilities as the Apple Watch? Moto 360 and Samsung gear are the only two advanced watches and they don’t have mic on them