Iran bans some officials from using smartphones over spying jitters

A cleric uses his smartphone in the Iranian parliament

As you might gather, Iran is more than a little nervous about people bringing the wrong devices into high-security locations — the last time that happened, its nuclear program went down the tubes. It’s no surprise, then, that the country just said it will ban officials from using smartphones for work if they have access to classified info. Brigadier General Gholamreza Jalali claims that these handsets are a perfect cocktail of security risks. They often back up their data to the cloud, he argues, and it’s at once easy to access that data yet hard to remove it. The move is bound to be a big hassle for staffers who’ll only have basic cellphones while at work, but the Iranian government will likely consider it a worthwhile sacrifice if it prevents other nations from spying on its political maneuvers.

[Image credit: AP Photo/Vahid Salemi]

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