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German politicians might say "No!" to iPhones

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As many of you might have heard, there has been a lot of tension between the USA and Germany about the big spy scandal that involved NSA and several high-ranking German politicians. Allegedly, even the Chancellor of the Bundestag Angela Merkel had her phone wiretapped. Anxious to prevent any future eavesdropping by foreign intelligence agencies, Germany's next government will most probably take extreme measures.

According to German newspaper Bild, in order to achieve greater confidentiality, German political figures will most certainly have their devices encrypted by special software developed by Germany's Federal Office for Information Security. When discussing official matters, German politicians will be required to use only devices, compatible with this encryption software. Because iOS doesn't support this software, future members of the Bundestag will have to replace the iPhones in their pockets with other smartphones that support the encryption technology. It is yet unclear if Android-powered devices will support this security software.

source: TheLocal via GigaOm

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posted on 21 Nov 2013, 08:52 14

1. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Yay Germans are wise!

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 13:55 1

20. Tommy1960i (Posts: 99; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


I will be not surprised if all the countries in Europe will take these measures too for prevenring such conflicts.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 20:00 2

28. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6440; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


GOTTA LOVE OUR GERMAN counterparts SAY NO TO APPLE. should make a t-shirt saying that.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 23:15 1

32. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 859; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Merkel is a hypocrite. She supported the tapping of German citizens by the NSA then talks crap when it happens to her. So it's OK for the USA to spy on your people but not you?

Also, all the European governments have been talking crap since the Snowden leaks but it's been slowly coming out how they work with the NSA and have their own spy programs in place.

All countries need to cut this crap out.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 08:53 7

2. PBXtech (Posts: 977; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


I'd be surprised if Android didn't support this. NASA and the US military uses Android because it's adaptable to their needs.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 09:33 3

7. Bernoulli (Posts: 1443; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


It's still android, which means it can much more easily be hacked, plus Google was known for giving their data to the US Government in their prism scandal, probably the government intentionally used android to easily hack between agencies and have everything effectively tapped, plus Google is American so it's a no no from the get go. If anything it'll be wise to use blackberry or maybe even Jolla

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 09:54

8. Mittal (Posts: 427; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


or Symbian

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 11:02 1

10. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1345; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


nein.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 11:13 7

12. Finalflash (Posts: 1736; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


No it can't, there is no chance a fork of Android created for the purpose of security would be more hackable than iOS. There are many exploits to iOS already known and only Apple can fix them. With Android, they can manage updates and code themselves and limit the amount of exposure.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 13:20

18. Shatter (Posts: 2024; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Kitkat added more security, android has more security than iOS now.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 11:38 4

17. TylerGrunter (Posts: 905; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


It seems you don't understand what free software is.
If that was the case you could see it in the code, not like Windows phone or iOS when you don't have the source code.
So you can take the Android code, make your own version, secure it to ensure no one will spy you and there you go. The most secure system you can build.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 19:17

25. miles16852 (Posts: 208; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


NOTHING is secure!

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 14:40

21. Zeeya (Posts: 194; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


android? xDD yeah.. yeah much better than iOS... ^^
they are using a special Z10

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 08:59 1

3. MC1123 (Posts: 1240; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


security BlackBerry ring the bell! love it or hate it you can't deny that BlackBerry is secured.. i hate what google is doing that making all their services one! i hate using my full name when i comment on youtube! no privacy!

so yeah, android might be adaptable but google is watching them!

the very reason why Obama won't let go of his BlackBerry.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 19:37

27. weedl (Posts: 50; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


no bb is not so much secure dude in my country some ministry using bb and it still can hacked or spying by aus..

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 22:52

31. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 163; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Curious what they exactly hacked? SMS messages? BIS messages? Plain o' voice calls? So what is it.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 09:09

4. androiphone20 (Posts: 1424; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


The NSA also found a way to track your device even when it's powered down (Android or iOS)

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 11:15 10

13. Finalflash (Posts: 1736; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Yea, that is funny, because you can't do that. Pull the battery out of the phone (for those droid models that can) and the best the NSA can do is send a guy to track you.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 11:19

15. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8282; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Lolol.

+1

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 16:21

24. applesucker (Posts: 81; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


didn't you hear what the NSA say's about google? that google already created a new security code that will take the NSA 30 yrs to break

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 09:09 1

5. androiphone20 (Posts: 1424; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


:D lulz man, that picture is hilarious

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 09:19 3

6. kg4icg (Posts: 68; Member since: 18 May 2008)


There is only 1 phone system that supports this and it is BlackBerry.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 10:06

9. Augustine (Posts: 714; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


American technology and telecom companies were willing proxies of the American immoral spying and undoubtedly, after Snowden's disclosures, they'd be shunned from foreign markets, if not by law, as it's happening in Brazil, by mere antipathy. This hurts America in so many levels, from the bottom line to the high road, it eviscerates America of what makes it America.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 11:02

11. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


CISCO feeling the heat in China :)

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 13:22 1

19. Shatter (Posts: 2024; Member since: 29 May 2013)


The leaders killed america years ago. It is slowly turning into a police state.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 11:19 2

14. TomTheNerd (Posts: 67; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


cough blackberry cough

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 11:35 2

16. Muzhhur (Posts: 245; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


God bless america

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 14:43 1

22. Zeeya (Posts: 194; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


... x)

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 19:19 1

26. miles16852 (Posts: 208; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


get your head out of the clouds

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 15:13 3

23. E.S.1 (Posts: 289; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


Let's be honest... Blackberry is the only real business phone.
I don't use them but they are great for business people.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 20:24

29. kennyblack_sd (Posts: 26; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


BlackBerry is the only real security solution, at least for now. With the BES, they can get their own Enterprise server and am sure it would be much more better

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 03:04

33. weedl (Posts: 50; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


I'm not realy sure, in my country some ministry still get hacked or spyed even using bb by aus..

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 21:09

30. londoner (Posts: 33; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)


That is good Germans... Americans grrr.............

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 03:33

34. skyline88 (Posts: 316; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


bravo to Germans!!!
support you from 2000 miles away~

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