German Interior minister bans iPhones, BlackBerries

German Interior minister bans iPhones, BlackBerries
The iPhone is probably the most coveted gadgets around the globe, but if you happen to work in Germany’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, you’d have to give your iPhone or BlackBerry up. Why? It’s a threat to security since the underlying servers powering the iPhone and ‘Berries are based in the US. 

Unnamed officials quoted this the biggest concern forcing the ban, which was allegedly imposed by German Interior minister Hans-Peter Friedrich.

The minister fears that information could be snooped, and there’s plenty of confidential information in a country’s Interior ministry. So are government employees forced to use ancient feature phones? Not exactly - the whole ministry uses HTC handsets equipped with special software provided by the Federal Office for Information Security.

source: Bloomberg

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23 Comments

1. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

So what they are saying is that the US government may sneak in to their information? This is a very offensive statement if you ask me..

5. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

They probably already do. Spying amongst allies isn't uncommon.

14. asimo

Posts: 41; Member since: Jan 05, 2012

Maybe they should use SEAndroid, open sourced by ..... NSA!! http://selinuxproject.org/page/SEAndroid

21. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

You are so naive to believe we are inescapable of this.

2. chocolatebear76

Posts: 123; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

@rcq12 is not surprising or impossible

3. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

@chocolatebear76 I know but for what purpose? Its like they are accusing Americans as terrorists.

4. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

arent they ?

6. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Ok, now seriously. there are things that simply shouldn't be spread outside the german ministry of internal affairs. It's kinda naive to believe that US intelligance agencies aren't collecting information about their NATO alllies, including Germany... have u ever heard about Echelonhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echelon_(signals_intelligence) ?

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

we all spy on each other. it has never stopped. every country including the US has secrets they dont want to get out... and every other country wants to know them. it gives them wiggle room for negotiations and demands. Its fun that they are using ANDROID phones since they are the easiest to secure. There goes another bruise to that tired apple fanatic arguement.

22. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

No ones is accusing Americans of being terrorist outside of Iran maybe. Just because they imply we may be able to snoop on them doesn't suggest they are calling us terrorist. Man you made all of this inference from them saying that we, and other nations may use those devices as a snooping tool...you are way too smart for me. I guess you believe we went to Iraq for WMD's even though there is proof they never existed! lol

7. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

@-RVM- Do you have a proof that they are the terrorists? They are even in-charged for the United Nations Security Council.. and the Germans? They don't give a sh*t..

18. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Calm down dude. Next time i'll add sarcasm tags.

9. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

@remixfa how did you know they are using Android? It could be a Windows phone right? lol

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

oh yea... absolutely... lololol. They could also be forcing them to use old windows 6xxx phones too :) j/k my guess is because android is the only smartphone right now besides blackberry that is been tested to be secure enough for government official use. apple and WP7 have not.

12. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

like in most cases you are wrong... http://technologyspectator.com.au/industry/government/dsd-gets-closer-embracing-apple However, despite that popularity, the Defence Signals Directorate, an agency responsible for certifying technology software and hardware as being safe for use by government workers, has not certified the Apple models as being safe for use by government workers. The agency’s Evaluated Products List — which aids in government purchasing of devices — lists only the Windows Mobile and BlackBerry operating systems as being certified for use.

13. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

He's not wrong... He said "my guess is because android is the only smartphone **right now** besides blackberry that is been tested to be secure enough for government official use" Even just by looking at the link you gave if you notice it ends in "dsd-gets-closer-embracing-apple" and from reading the article it is saying it APPEARS they are getting closer to allowing Apple products. That definitely isn't **right now**

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

thank you kind sir for saving me some carpel tunnel. :)

17. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

which aids in government purchasing of devices — lists only the Windows Mobile and BlackBerry operating systems as being certified for use. never mentions Android like remix has stated... so techically he is wrong...

19. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

dude, that article was from JULY.. get with the program. Android was certified this month http://www.itbusinessedge.com/cm/community/news/gt/blog/first-android-device-approved-by-department-of-defense/?cs=49454 and the news about the SGS2 and samsung Tab 10.1 broke today http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/16/samsung-galaxy-s-ii-and-galaxy-tab-get-security-nod-certified-f/ seriously dude, get with the program.

20. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

gallito, have you been hanging with taco? trying hard to take his place? constantly trying to nip at my heels with nonsensical and pointless arguments with no merit. good lord. at least have the common decency to do CURRENT research before u try to come at me. That would at least keep you above the taco level.

23. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

gallitoking why are you showing an Austrailian article that refers to Austrailian GOV?

11. javier.enrique

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

well the iphone i understand. but the bb is in canada . which is why the US wants it to go away or at least control it. the blackberry technology, is the only technology in phones that is not controlled by the us . nokia now is windows so. google, iphone, windows phone and if you kill blackberry there you have it . sing it with me....born in the usa!!!!! it was about time other countries woke up.

15. jubbing

Posts: 150; Member since: Aug 20, 2008

Guess Windows Phone is the way to go now.. or Android.

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