HTC supplies encrypted phones for Taiwan’s top officials

Want China Times
Date: 2015-10-26

HTC has teamed up with Taiwan’s National Security Bureau (NSB) to produce encrypted

The NSB's Yang Kuo-chiang shows one of HTC's encrypted phones at the Legislative Yuan, Oct. 22. (Photo/Yao Chih-ping)

The NSB’s Yang Kuo-chiang shows one of HTC’s encrypted phones at the Legislative Yuan, Oct. 22. (Photo/Yao Chih-ping)

phones that ensure the communications of senior officials are protected against spying.

NSB director-general Yang Kuo-chiang said in his report to the Legislature’s Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee on Oct. 22 the encrypted HTC phones have been used by the president, vice president and senior officials at national security and military agencies since April.

The third-generation encrypted phone looks similar to the HTC Butterfly flagship handset but runs an NSB-designed encrypted chip, with the phone’s GPS function removed to avoid being tracked by China’s homegrown Beidou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), Yang said.

“Our encrypted phone is definitely secure,” Yang said in response to some lawmakers’ concerns that China can monitor mobile phones in Taiwan through apps connected to Beidou.     [FULL  STORY]

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