Saudi Arabia bans iPhones, Samsung tablets in security areas

RIYADH (Xinhua) — The Saudi interior ministry recently announced that the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy Tab will no longer be allowed inside the country’s security institutions, Al-Arabiya news channel reported Wednesday.

The Saudi interior ministry cited concerns that these gadgets may be easily infiltrated via hacking, Al-Arabiya reported.

Also, IT specialists and experts reiterated the ministry’s security concerns and agreed that these gadgets could potentially impinge on the privacy of people and institutions.

Al-Arabiya said that Saudi Arabia is not the first country that issues the ban, as the United States and a number of European countries have done the same at security organizations.

It is not clear why the Saudi ministry think that these two gadgets in particular are more susceptible to an attack than any other smartphone or tablet.



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