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US spy agency patents car seat for kids

Published on Jul 30, 2014 11:46 PM
 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Electronic eavesdropping is the National Security Agency's forte, but it seems it also has a special interest in children's car seats, Foreign Policy magazine reported Wednesday.

The "integrated child seat for vehicle" is among more than 270 patents issued since 1979 to the super-secretive spy agency at the centre of whistleblower Edward Snowden's revelations.

Patented in 1993, the device looks something like a precursor to built-in, fold-out rear child seats available today in some Chrysler and Volvo automobiles.

"The national security benefits of this device are neither obvious nor spelled out in the patent," wrote Foreign Policy on its Complex blog (complex.foreignpolicy.com).

 
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