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iPhone spying: Russian lawmakers mull parliamentary alert

December 02, 2014, 16:54 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Russian lawmakers having access to confidential information may be recommended no to use iPhones in their work and to switch to simple mobile phones using them only for phone calls

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MOSCOW, December 2. /TASS/. Lawmakers from Russia's parliamentary lower house may be advised not to use iPhones over concerns that communications gadgets made abroad may not be secure. Instead, they would be urged to use the most basic mobile telephones.

New law is being drafted to be submitted to Russia's parliament in coming days, Dmitry Gorovtsov, a State Duma deputy from the Just Russia political party, told TASS on Tuesday.

“We are talking about recommending State Duma deputies having access to confidential, strictly confidential and particularly important data in their work against using iPhones and, for security reasons, to switch to simple mobile phones using them only for phone calls,” Gorovtsov said.

The initiative will first be considered by a security committee and forwarded to the Duma Council for consideration before being discussed at a plenary session. “I think all this will take up to two weeks,” the deputy said.

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