S. Korea enforces smartphone app to curb military leaks | Inquirer News
Close  

S. Korea enforces smartphone app to curb military leaks

/ 02:06 PM July 15, 2013

SEOUL – South Korea’s defense ministry said Monday it had ordered its staff to install a smartphone application that restricts key functions like the camera in a bid to prevent military leaks.

The ministry said that from Monday, its 1,500 staff are no longer allowed to carry smartphones into their offices without installing the app, called “Mobile Management Device”.

ADVERTISEMENT

The order caused a long queue at the gates of the ministry on Monday because some 20 percent of the staff had failed to install the app, officials said.

The ministry declined to confirm a report from the Yonhap news agency that claimed some staff had refused to install the app due to concerns over privacy.

FEATURED STORIES

Ministry spokesman Kim Min-Seok told reporters that the app, which restricts the use of cameras and audio recording, prevents leaks through smartphones and stops outsiders from hacking in to the devices of defence ministry officials.

“We’ve developed a system to restrict the core functions of smartphones because of concerns that our work could be leaked through them,” he said.

For now, the app only works in the ministry compound. Officials said all South Korean soldiers would be ordered to install it later.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Defense, Military, Security, smartphone, South korea, technology
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2021 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.