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Fear of China’s secret services – extra cell phones for German athletes
Status: 09:47 a.m. | Reading time: 2 minutes The Olympic Games in Beijing start on February 4th Source: AFP/JADE GAO Before the start of the Winter Games in Beijing, athletes are not only afraid of a positive corona test. There is also concern about sensitive data. Therefore, special measures are taken. Apparently, due to the risk of espionage, the German Olympic participants at the Winter Games in Beijing can use mobile phones specially made available for this purpose. This is a recommendation of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), as the “FAZ” reports. The athletes could install the My2022 app, which is mandatory for the organizers, on these devices. All Olympic participants must enter medical data such as the results of their PCR tests for the corona virus before departure and the results of a daily fever measurement. Read also Previously, the British had also announced that they would provide their athletes with new mobile phones if they wished for the duration of the competitions. “We have given practical advice to athletes and coaches so that they can make their own decisions about whether or not to take their personal devices to the Games,” a spokesman for Britain’s National Olympic Committee (NOC) told the Guardian newspaper. “For those who don’t want to bring their own equipment, we have temporarily made equipment available.”
Leave personal devices at home
Before the Olympic Games in the Chinese capital, there are repeated warnings that Chinese secret services could read sensitive data from cell phones, tablets and laptops. Read also Previously, the newspaper “De Volkskrant” reported that the Dutch NOK called on athletes and coaches to leave personal devices at home. Instead, the association will hand out “clean” devices to be destroyed after returning home. NOCNSF spokesman Geert Slot called cybersecurity part of the risk assessment for the trip to China.
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