There has been a lot of speculation lately about whether or not the Chinese government spying on people through their phones. Some even go as far to say that China is able to track people’s every move through their smartphones. So, does the Chinese government really spy on its citizens through their mobile devices? The answer seems to be somewhat complex and depends largely on your interpretation of what ‘spying’ means. If you believe that the Chinese government is actively listening in on conversations and tracking individuals’ movements, then it might very well be true that they are spying via smartphones.
Does the Chinese government spy phones?
Phone spying is the term used to describe the act of the government or a third party listening in on phone conversations without the knowledge or consent of the people involved in them. There are a few reasons why people believe the Chinese government spying phones. Some people believe that the Chinese government is able to do this because they have the ability to access the devices that people are using and the conversations that are taking place. Others believe that the Chinese government is able to do this because they have an informant in the phone company or the phone users themselves.
For many people, the reason why the Chinese government would spy on phones is to gather information about people. The Chinese government might be looking for information about political activists, journalists, or people who are thinking about trying to leave China. They might also be looking for information about people who are doing anything that might be considered subversive or against the government. There is no way of knowing for sure the Chinese government spying your phones or not, even though it is likely, however it is better safe than sorry. Best way to avoid this issue is using devices that are not made in China, especially privacy focused devices such as Apple.
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