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The UK government has reportedly banned the Apple Watch from top-level meetings

While some may scoff at the idea of the smartwatch being taken over by hackers, others are likely to look upon it as a perfectly reasonable reaction to a very real threat.

Apple’s smartwatch has a built-in microphone which security officials believe could be hacked to snoop on government meetings. It’s not clear if the ban extends to other makes of smartwatch.

In late 2013, under David Cameron’s premiership, iPhones and iPads were banned from top-level meetings. It was reported at the time that leading government officials were even told to place their mobile devices inside lead-lined, soundproof boxes whenever they were in a confidential meeting.

The decision to ban the Apple Watch was apparently taken by Theresa May and her advisors after she replaced David Cameron as leader over the summer.

One source told the Telegraph that the extra security has been put in place because the Russians “are trying to hack everything.”

Source: Digital Trends

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