By B.N. Frank
Manufacturers produce “Smart” devices that allow them (and sometimes hackers) to collect personal data on customers (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14). It appears that one burglar was not aware of this.
Stolen Kindergarten Gadget Reveals Alleged Thief
Police say smart speaker for playing stories leads to arrest
(Newser) – German police say they have solved a burglary case at a kindergarten after a storytelling gadget the suspect had swiped revealed his location. Police said the 44-year-old suspect had stolen various items during a break-in at a kindergarten in the western town of Halver in April, per the AP. Among them were a laptop, picture books, cups and glasses, some fish sticks, pasta, and a smart speaker for playing children’s stories.
When the man tried to download new stories onto the device a month later, it sent his home location to the manufacturers, who informed police. Police said the device has since been returned in working condition to the kindergarten, where it was eagerly received by the children. There was no fairytale ending for the suspect, however. “He faces criminal charges,” says district police spokesman Christof Huels.
Activist Post reports regularly about unsafe technology. For more information visit our archives and the following websites.
- Electromagnetic Radiation Safety
- Electromagnetic Health
- EMF Scientist
- Environmental Health Trust
- Physicians for Safe Technology
- Wireless Information Network
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