Chinese military bans smartwatches and wearables

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With wearable devices and smartwatches beginning to become more popular, what with umpteen new devices hitting the shelves in recent months, it seems to be a growing issue for the militaries of many countries, who consider them a potential cause for concern.

Smartwatches and wearables banned by Chinese army

Armies, whichever nationality, aren’t exactly known for freedom of expression. So when the Chinese military discovered that one of its recruits attempted to photograph soldiers in the barracks on a smartwatch, it decided to ban them outright. No smartwatches, “high tech spectacles” or Internet-connected wearables are allowed, for security reasons.

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Smartwatches like these are forbidden by the Chinese army.

“The use of watches that have internet access, location information, and telephone conversation functions should be considered a violation of secrecy regulations at army barracks,” said the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Daily, the military’s official mouthpiece.

They also said that “When officers and men put on these type of spectacles, it is extremely possible that army positions can be tracked, endangering the security of military operations”.

The report did not however reveal the brand of smartwatch involved in the incident (which was for a birthday present) – but just that it was confiscated for analysis.

SOURCE: Streetwise Journal

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