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Chinese police now installs surveillance software on tourists' phones

There have been similar reports. (Source: Telegraph)
There have been similar reports. (Source: Telegraph)
A user on Reddit has narrated the tales of their trip into China, which saw the country’s border police accost them and install what was almost definitely surveillance software on their Android devices.

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China’s security policy is known to be all kinds of shady. The country has been involved in a series of strong-arming debacles that attempt to shackle its citizens’ right to information and privacy. That isn’t where it all ends, though, as a traveling couple has reported that Chinese border security installed software on their Android devices during their trip into the country.

According to the first-hand source, /u/BigTyPB on Reddit, on his trip to the country,  he and his wife were stopped at the border and had suspicious software installed on their Android devices—a Huawei Mate 9 and Moto X4. Exactly what was installed remains unknown but we’d place our bets on it being some sort of surveillance software that sends data back to a government-controlled archive. 

Of course, being Android, there are a number of ways to get rid of whatever intrusive software was installed. There’s the option of installing a firewall or data monitoring app to figure out what app is sending data and to where. You can also just do a complete OS wipe and reinstall. Or better still, leave your daily drivers at home when traveling abroad; burner phones do just fine.

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Ricci Rox, 2018-06-11 (Update: 2018-06-11)
Ricci Rox
Ricci Rox - News Editor - @riccirox
I'm a freelance copywriter who lives and dies for tech. Android, ​especially. The smartphone market is one going through an impressive growth spurt, so I crawl the Internet with keen interest in a technological ecosystem that doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.