Feeds

German Mickey Mouse radio snoops on cops

Kids tune into Polizei chatter

Intelligent flash storage arrays

The German powers that be are investigating a kids' miniature Mickey Mouse radio which apparently entertains nippers with police radio traffic.

The Chinese-made novelty came with issue 12 of Micky Maus magazine, which hit newsstands last week. Parents reported the eavesdropping to cops, who picked up a few copies to check out the device.

Hamburg police spokescopper Ulrike Sweden confirmed to the Hamburger Morgenpost: “We’ve received reports and detectives are finding out whether it’s in violation of telecommunications law."

A representative of publisher Ehapa Verlag insisted the radio had been “scrupulously tested at an institute for toy safety” and "should only be able to tune into normal radio stations". According to the German branch of The Local, a further statement posted last Friday on the Mickey Maus website assured concerned parents that the cases were "isolated".

The statement further offered a typically Teutonic solution to inadvertent Polizei-snooping, ordering the magazine's readers: “The radio is exclusively designed for listening to music. Everything else is not allowed." ®

Bootnote

The usual ta very much to Mike Richards for the tip-off. Mike: Thanks too for the offer of the Icelandic two-headed sheep link. I'll get back to you if we're having a particularly slow day.

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Criticism of Uber's journo-Data Analytics plan is an Attack on DIGITAL FREEDOM
First they came for Emil – and I'm damn well SPEAKING OUT
'It is comforting to know where your data centres are.' UK.GOV does NOT
Plus: Anons are 'wannabes', KKK says, before being pwned
Google's whois results say it's a lousy smut searcher
Run whois google.com or whois microsoft.com. We dare you, you PIG◙◙◙◙ER
Holy vintage vehicles! Earliest known official Batmobile goes on sale
Riddle me this: are you prepared to pay US$180k?
'Open source just means big companies can steal your code.' O RLY?
Plus: Flame of the Week returns, for one night only!
NEWSFLASH: It's time to ditch dullard Facebook chums
Everything hot in tech, courtesy of avian anchor Regina Eggbert
Hey, you, PHONE-FACE! Kickstarter in-car mobe mount will EMBED your phone into your MUG
Stick it on the steering wheel and wait for the airbag to fire
prev story

Whitepapers

Seattle children’s accelerates Citrix login times by 500% with cross-tier insight
Seattle Children’s is a leading research hospital with a large and growing Citrix XenDesktop deployment. See how they used ExtraHop to accelerate launch times.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Business security measures using SSL
Examines the major types of threats to information security that businesses face today and the techniques for mitigating those threats.