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German politicians might say "No!" to iPhones

German politicians might say
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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27 Comments

1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Yay Germans are wise!

20. Tommy1960i

Posts: 144; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

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

28. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

32. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 910; Member since: Jun 28, 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.

2. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 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.

21. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

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

3. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

27. weedl

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 05, 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..

31. GadgetsMcGoo

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

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

4. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

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

13. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

15. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Lolol. +1

24. applesucker

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 29, 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

5. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

:D lulz man, that picture is hilarious

6. kg4icg

Posts: 83; Member since: May 18, 2008

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

9. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 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.

11. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

CISCO feeling the heat in China :)

19. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

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

14. TomTheNerd

Posts: 67; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

cough blackberry cough

16. Muzhhur

Posts: 261; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

God bless america

22. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

... x)

26. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

get your head out of the clouds

23. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

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

29. kennyblack_sd

Posts: 26; Member since: Nov 15, 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

33. weedl

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

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

30. londoner

Posts: 36; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

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

34. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

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

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