Politicians dropping phones at meetings for fear of spying

Members of the Foreign Board are not allowed to have phones with you to meetings, as they can be intercepted. Phones and other electronic equipment has been b

Politicians dropping phones at meetings for fear of spying

Members of the Foreign Board are not allowed to have phones with you to meetings, as they can be intercepted.

Phones and other electronic equipment has been banned, when members of The Foreign policy Board will meet in the Danish Parliament.

It writes bbc News.

the Ban, which was put in place after the summer holidays, is directly connected with the fear of espionage and the interception. It confirms the Danish Parliament to DR News.

- today It is technically possible for outsiders to connect to a user's mobile phone and use it to listen to a conversation.

- Therefore, submit to the members their phones, in the meetings of the Foreign policy Board goes in time, inform the Parliament in a written comment to DR News.

the Government is holding ongoing meetings with The Foreign policy Board in order to inform on foreign policy matters and consult with the 17 members.

Former president and current member of Foreign policy Board Søren Espersen (DF) believes that it is a sad development.

- It is not only mobile phones. It is also tablets, and computers, we need to put outside. Sometimes it is difficult to do without, when you are sitting there in three-four hours.

- But there it is. I would rather have a little inconvenience than to one or another enemy can listen in on what is going on, says Søren Espersen.

He says that the government is considering to make a completely new room to the Foreign affairs policy Board, which is secured against eavesdropping and spying.

the Work of the tribunal is subject to confidentiality. The board deals with all issues related to foreign policy and security policy.

on Thursday there was, for example, a two-hour-long meeting of the Foreign policy Board in the matter whether China has attempted to pressure the Faroe islands to choose Huawei as the supplier of the 5G network.

It is information from the Defence Intelligence service, which has got the Parliament to respond. The secret service regularly assesses the sikkerhedstruslen against Denmark.

the Defence Intelligence agency estimates, according to bbc News the threat from cyberspionage against the state to be "very high".

/ritzau/

Date Of Update: 14 December 2019, 10:00
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