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Russia Bans Smartphones for its Soldiers to Prevent Digital Tracing

Lawmakers in Russia have voted to ban its soldiers from using smartphones to prevent their digital tracing. Now the Russian soldiers cannot use smartphones while on duty as their social media usage has raised questions on national security. A bill has been passed that says, military personnel should not be using a phone which can take a photo, record video and has internet access. Furthermore, soldiers are also prohibited from talking to journalists and write anything about the military.

Out of 450 lawmakers in the country’s lower house of parliament, more than 400 have voted from banning the soldiers using a smartphone. The soldiers can still use a mobile with just calling and messaging features but Smartphones, Tablets, and Laptops are banned. This bill has to be considered by the upper house of parliament, the Federation Council before it gets signed by President Vladimir Putin.

According to the officials from Russia, this move was necessary to protect military information from foreign intelligence devices and in the past few years, social media posts by the servicemen have leaked the countries military presence in few countries. From now on, the military personals will be banned from posting photos or images of themselves or colleagues on social media or share any geolocation data from their phones.

According to a report, the information shared by soldiers on the internet or mass media is used for informational and psychologic pressure in different cases and Vladimir Bogodukhov, who is the member of the military committee said that Russia was defenseless when the information was not protected. So what do you think about his ban in Russia? Do you think it is a correct move to stop their soldiers from using smartphones? Share your thoughts by commenting in the section below and stay tuned to PhoneRadar for more similar news and updates.

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