Team USA Wants Athletes to Use Burner Phones at Beijing Olympics

1/17/2022 8:40:00 AM

Fears of China’s invasive surveillance have prompted Team USA to suggest athletes use burner phones instead of risking being bugged.

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The U.K., Canada, and the Netherlands have already taken the unusual step in suggesting athletes use burner or disposable phones rather than putting their personal devices at risk of being monitored by China’s notorious censors

Fears of China’s invasive surveillance have prompted Team USA to suggest athletes use burner phones instead of risking being bugged.

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4. The U. “I think we have that lightning-in-a-bottle thing,” the right winger says.K. The 25-man squad is heavy on youth, with just one returning Olympian and 15 college players in the mix, including Minnesota State’s Nathan Smith, who is currently the leading point scorer in the NCAA., Canada, and the Netherlands have already taken the unusual step in suggesting athletes use burner or disposable phones rather than putting their personal devices at risk of being monitored by China’s notorious censors. That's what's intoxicating about this environment and what's so rare. The bulletin sent to athletes in September and again in December warned: “every device, communication, transaction and online activity may be monitored." "The new organizational structure will further foster innovation, optimize processes and increase collaboration both internally and with partners," Ferrari said in a statement.

Your device(s) may also be compromised with malicious software, which could negatively impact future use.” The road hasn’t been easy.” .