- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Apple CEO Tim Cook won’t be selling many iWatches to members of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) — Chinese military personnel have been warned that wearable technology is a national security threat.

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Daily published a piece on Sunday that designated all wearable smart devices (e.g., fitness trackers, iWatch) a security risk, Defense One reported Monday.

“The moment a soldier puts on a device that can record high-definition audio and video, take photos, and process and transmit data, it’s very possible for him or her to be tracked or to reveal military secrets,” the Chinese newspaper said, Defense One reported.

Although PLA Daily didn’t explicitly say that such devices would be banned, use of the technology was strongly discouraged.

“The use of wearables with internet access, location information, and voice calling functions should be considered a violation of national security provisions when used by military personnel,” the paper said, Defense One reported.

Apple recently announced that its revenue in greater China ballooned by 71 percent to $16.8 billion, Time reported Tuesday.



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