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Russia bans the iPhone: either throw it away or give it to children | Digital Trends Spanish

It was obvious, but it had not happened until now, the Russian authorities prohibited their officials from iPhone usefor fear of Western intervention.

According to a report from Reutersthe decision was made “due to concerns that the devices are vulnerable to Western intelligence agencies.”

The news was reported by the Kommersant newspaper. The policy applies to any official in the country who is “involved in preparations for Russia’s 2024 presidential election.”

At a meeting for “officials involved in domestic politics,” the head of Russia’s presidential administration, Sergei Kiriyenko, gave officials until April 1 to get rid of their iPhones.

The Kremlin may provide other devices with different operating systems to replace iPhones, Kommersant said, adding that the order to stop using iPhones had been directed at those involved in domestic politics, for which Kiriyenko is responsible.

“It’s all over for the iPhone: either throw it away or give it to the children,” one of the officials said during the meeting. Everyone will have to do it in March.

On Monday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said:

“Smartphones should not be used for official business. Any smartphone has a fairly transparent mechanism, no matter what operating system it has – Android or iOS. Naturally, they are not used for official purposes.”

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