Today The Telegraph has released a report that has stated that the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May has banned government ministers from wearing Apple Watches during cabinet meetings.
It has been reported that this is due to concerns that hackers may be using them as listening devices, particularly Russians.
Previously, David Cammon did allow smartwatches to be worn during high-level meetings, however the new PM has decided against that, extending the current policy of banning mobile phones.
Mobile phones were previously banned for these same concern reasons, so it would make sense that other devices like smartwatches would also be banned from meetings.
Here’s an except from The Telegraph’s article:
Ministers have been barred from wearing Apple Watches during Cabinet meetings amid concerns that they could be hacked by Russian spies, The Telegraph has learned.
Under David Cameron, several cabinet ministers wore the smart watches, including Michael Gove, the former Justice Secretary.
However, under Theresa May ministers have been barred from wearing them amid concerns that they could be used by hackers as listening devices.
The Telegraph did mention Apple Watch specifically in their report, however, it is likely that this new ban would be a ban on all smartwatches, Apple or otherwise.
It’s certainly an interesting story, but probably not that life changing.