Kaza­khstan bars smart­phones to pre­vent leaks

Lesotho Times - - Cartoons & Puzzles -

KAZAKH of­fi­cials and their vis­i­tors will have to leave their smart­phones at the door of govern­ment build­ings from to­day in line with a new pol­icy aimed at pre­vent­ing leaks of sen­si­tive doc­u­ments, a leaked doc­u­ment showed on Thurs­day.

The memo cites “in­creas­ingly fre­quent cases of con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion be­ing leaked through the What­sapp mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion” and in­structs pub­lic ser­vants to use only ba­sic mo­bile devices with no cam­eras or In­ter­net ac­cess, two govern­ment sources told Reuters.

The full doc­u­ment was pub­lished by lo­cal news web­site Ten­grinews.kz.

Leaked doc­u­ments reg­u­larly ap­pear in Kazakh me­dia and re­cent ex­am­ples in­clude memos on pri­va­ti­za­tion plans and state-owned com­pa­nies’ bud­get re­vi­sions re­lated to the tinge’s KZT= steep de­val­u­a­tion as well as a graphic video re­lated to a mur­der case.

— Reuters

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