Olympic athletes told to leave phones at home to dodge spying


Beijing has promised the world’s top athletes access to a partially unfettered Internet during the Olympics starting Feb 4, dropping the Great Firewall that blocks services like Facebook and YouTube at official venues and hotels. But security experts say there are reasons to exercise caution. — TNS

Beyond Omicron and gold medal tallies, athletes arriving in China’s capital for the Winter Games next month may have one more thing to worry about: is it safe to access the Internet?

Beijing has promised the world’s top athletes access to a partially unfettered Internet during the Olympics starting Feb 4, dropping the Great Firewall that blocks services like Facebook and YouTube at official venues and hotels. But security experts say there are reasons to exercise caution.

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