iPhones 'not approved' for minister use

Government ministers and civil servants are not permitted to use Apple's smartphone on Whitehall premises, according to health minister Simon Burns

Apple's iPhone may be selling in its millions but it remains out of bounds to government ministers, it was revealed yesterday.

According to a written answer to parliament by health minister Simon Burns, Apple's smartphone has not been approved for official use by ministers or civil servants within Whitehall.

Devices are cleared for government use by the CESG, the information assurance arm of British intelligence agency GCHQ, which advises ministers on the security of communications and electronic data. However, Burns said the Apple iPhones "are not approved for government use by the CESG", meaning they are out of bounds to ministers.

For more on this story, see Apple iPhone banned for ministers on silicon.com.

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