German politicians to get encrypted phones


The Local.de
November 22, 2013

Merkel's Blackberry was encrypted but her Nokia phone was not. Photo: DPA

Merkel’s Blackberry was encrypted but her Nokia phone was not. Photo: DPA

Germany’s two main parties have agreed on measures to keep their internal communications safe – including all politicians using encrypted mobile phones, it emerged on Thursday.

The interior ministry of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and their Social Democratic Party (SPD) counterparts have, Bild newspaper said, decided on “urgent” guidelines for ministers’ and top ranking officials’ mobile phones.

The parties are currently in coalition negotiations over forming Germany’s next government.

Under the new government politicians will only make calls on encrypted phones, meaning mobiles which are not protected will become the exception instead of the norm. It means iPhones will no longer be allowed for official correspondence.

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