Winter Games athletes told to leave phones at home

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A number of countries have told their athletes to leave their phones at home for the upcoming Winter Games.

Many countries have said they will provide their athletes and staff with temporary devices to security risks and combat any surveillance. The Games take place from Feb. 4-20 in China.

The Canadian Olympic Committee said it has advised members to consider leaving personal devices at home and be extra diligent since the Games presented “a unique opportunity for cybercrime”.

It suggested using rental or disposable laptops and phones while in Beijing or wiping all data from personal devices before and after travelling there.

Beijing Olympic officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Swiss and Swedish committees will also provide new devices to their delegations and have briefed them on measures they can take against cybersecurity.

As yet no guidance has come from the New Zealand Olympic Committee.

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