Tuesday January 31, 2023

At the Beijing Winter Olympics, US athletes were told to use their burner phones

The US Olympic athletes were advised not to bring their smartphones to the 2022 Winter Olympics. Photo by Yu Zhiqiang / VCG via Getty Images

According to the Wall Street Journal (via Android Central), the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee is asking athletes to switch to burners in preparation for next month’s Winter Olympics, China.
“Every device, communication and transaction can be monitored”
According to reports, the advisory was sent twice last year to warn athletes about possible digital surveillance in China. The bulletin states that “every device, communication, transaction, and online activity could be monitored.” “Your device(s), communication, transaction and online activity may be monitored,” the bulletin states. The WSJ also noted that Canada, Great Britain, and the Netherlands have also warned…

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