The Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade has banned its employees from using iPhones, according to “Vedomosti” newspaper. As of July 17, 2023, all employees of the Ministry will be prohibited from using Apple smartphones – the order has already been sent out to everyone who works in the department. The ban will only affect work communications and official activities, meaning that using iPhones for personal purposes is still possible.
“Vedomosti” claims that a similar ban will soon be introduced in other state structures – both in the capital and regions. The main reason for this decision is Apple’s spying on government officials, with iPhones covertly and purposefully collecting their data for the benefit of the US government.