BNetzA takes action against non-compliant devices

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  1. G4TUT

    G4TUT Ham Member QRZ Page

    BNetzA takes action against non-compliant devices

    In 2019, BNetA, the German Federal Network Agency, blocked 4.5 million unsafe products that can cause radio interference or electromagnetic incompatibilities

    A translation of a DARC post reads:

    The Federal Network Agency has banned the sale of around 3.5 million products in online market surveillance. These devices can cause radio interference or electromagnetic incompatibilities and must not be sold in the EU.

    In 2019, the authority issued a further around 600,000 products with sales bans or corrective measures for economic operators in Germany. In addition, the import of almost 400,000 non-compliant products to Germany was prohibited.

    In 2019, the Bundesnetzagentur's investigations were once again aimed at individual online retailers who offered large numbers on the Internet.
    This enabled providers of so-called mini spy detectors - also known as bug finders - to be identified. The devices offered in millions of pieces were particularly noticeable due to formal defects, such as a lack of CE marking or a missing German operating manual. Devices that do not bear the CE mark are not intended for the European market and can pose a risk to consumers.

    Among the total of 3.5 million non-compliant devices were, among other things, more than 600,000 Bluetooth speakers and almost 500,000 jamming transmitters, the sale and distribution of which is not permitted in Europe because communication services (e.g. mobile radio or GPS Navigation services) and emergency calls can be prevented. Such devices are often used illegally to carry out crimes.

    Consumers are ordering more and more products online directly from third countries. Therefore, the Federal Network Agency works closely with customs. Customs reported a total of 13,000 suspicious shipments to the Federal Network Agency in 2019. In more than 90% of the cases, the products were not released for the German market. A total of around 400,000 products were affected.

    The number of device types in German retail verified by the Federal Network Agency was over 5,400 in 2019. The authority has issued a total of 59 sales bans and 721 formal letters to remedy formal defects for non-compliant products. Around 600,000 products were affected.

    Source DARC


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  2. WB8VLC

    WB8VLC Ham Member QRZ Page

    And in other news back in the good old US 0f A, the FCC just approved all of the 4.5 million blocked devices from the German list as being OK for sale and they can now be purchased at Costco, Walmart, Amazon and other Amerikan retailers.
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  3. KF5FEI

    KF5FEI Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yeah, the ban will just mean the exporters will get creative, using a new company name not tied to the devices, and listing them on paperwork as toys or samples. Unless they inspect *every* incoming package, they'll likely only catch 10% or less of the ones coming into the country.
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  4. KQ6XA

    KQ6XA Ham Member QRZ Page

    "This enabled providers of so-called mini spy detectors - also known as bug finders - to be identified."

    Is anyone else curious about why a 'detector' would be affected by this?
    Is it only because the device didn't have the correct CE label on it?
    Or, is it more likely that those 'bug detector' units are actually transmitters, Non-Linear Junction Detectors (NLJD) ?
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2020
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  5. N5SMO

    N5SMO Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Likely the mixer in the sweep oscillator was emitting garbage.
  6. HB9EPC

    HB9EPC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Le chat et la souris, une vielle chanson qui se répète ... Salut
    + Chris.
  7. WQ4G

    WQ4G Ham Member QRZ Page

    We can only WISH the FCC would take such a position on enforcement....

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  8. KA0HCP

    KA0HCP XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    FCC? FCC....Hellooo?
  9. K4VBB

    K4VBB XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Likely a compliance issue. Also likely that its vendor did not provide enough 'frequency grease' to the approving agency.
  10. KI6PMD

    KI6PMD Ham Member QRZ Page

    What does FCC really stand for ? Use your imagination !!!

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