The surveillance concerns around China’s Winter Olympics app – explained
Second, the app is not encrypting some sensitive data at all.
Effectively, that means some sensitive data within the app, “including the names of messages’ senders and receivers and their user account identifiers”, is being transmitted without any security.
The encryption flaws in the app have raised further concerns, but how worried should visiting countries and athletes be?
Though experts say general concerns about surveillance during the Olympics and the app are warranted, the reality is the app’s security flaws are probably more a reflection of poor design rather than sinister intent to surveil.
However, there are regular precautions that those traveling to China, during the Olympics or otherwise, should take, Callus said.
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