Team USA advises Olympic athletes to make use of burner telephones at Games

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The United States is among the many quite a few international locations advising their Olympic athletes to guard themselves in opposition to Chinese surveillance on the upcoming 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.

According to USA Today, Team USA issued an advisory urging its delegation to convey “burner” telephones with them so their private information just isn’t in danger.

“Like computers, the data and applications on cell phones are subject to malicious intrusion, infection and data compromise,” the advisory states.

The US is hardly alone in its over issues about cybersecurity in Beijing.

Dutch authorities are “anticipating Chinese surveillance during the Games.”

The Canadian Olympic Committee stated the Winter Games “present a unique opportunity for cybercrime” and “recommended that [athletes] be extra diligent at Games, including considering leaving personal devices at home, limiting personal information stored on devices brought to the Games, and to practice good cyber-hygiene at all times.” The British committee has made related recommendations.

A press release from the Beijing 2022 Organizing Committee didn’t deny private information could be collected, however claimed it will not be misused.

Beijing OlympicsCountries urged their delegation to take additional precautions on the upcoming Beijing Olympics. China News Service through Getty Ima

“The Chinese government attaches great importance to the protection of personal information,” the Organizing Committee stated in an announcement.

“Personal information collected by Beijing 2022 will not be disclosed unless the disclosure is necessary. Information of accredited media representatives will only be used for purposes related to the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.”

The Winter Olympics start on Feb. 4.

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