The Saudi interior ministry has issued a ban on the use of iPhones and Galaxy ‘tablets’ at its security institutions. The ban, imposed to protect these institutions, will take effect Saturday.
The cited security concern is that these high-tech telecommunication gadgets are easily infiltrated via hacking, the London-based Asharq Al Awsat reported on Friday.
A security source told the paper that the ministry has received orders to issue the ban inside institutions and security headquarters. IT specialists and experts reiterate the ministry’s security concerns and agree that these gadgets can violate privacy of both people and institutions. Saudi Arabia is not the first country to issue the ban, but the United States and a number of European countries have done so too at security organizations.