Smartwatches to be banned from Suffolk courthouse

As many know, the Suffolk courthouse already has a ban in place for cell phones and cameras. But, with how fast technology is changing, Sheriff E.C. Harris says they're broadening that ban for the safety of all court cases.

SUFFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- A local courthouse already has a ban in place for cell phones and cameras, but with how fast technology is changing, the sheriff has said they're broadening that ban to include smartwatches for the safety of all court cases.

"We don't want someone to nefariously use a device that could adversely affect a case," Sheriff E.C. Harris said.

It's a rule Sheriff Harris takes seriously and after Apple's launch of new products last week, the Suffolk Sheriff's Office made the decision to extend that ban to smartwatches.

At Apple's event last week, it announced the new generation of smartwatches that allows owners to use it without their phones nearby.

"This new smartwatch changes the whole dynamic of that because it's hard to tell the difference between a Fitbit and a smart watch and is it Samsung or Apple," said Sheriff Harris. "It's a challenge because we all have to be diligent and ensure that we're on the cutting edge of what's changing in the technology world and then something is adversely affected."

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