USMC Bans Crypto Mining Apps From Govt Issued Phones Due to Privacy & Security Issues

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The United States Marine Corps (USMC) released a memo on Tuesday in guidance to all holders of government-furnished equipment (GFE) mobile phones. The memo further prohibits the installation and use of these mobile phones from a select group of apps, including mining cryptocurrencies apps.

The set prohibition laws come up as a security and privacy concern for the Marine Corps, the memo states. Some of the major categories of apps forbidden from the installation on the GFEs include gaming, dating, gambling, security/monitoring bypass tools, rooting or jailbreak tools, and bitcoin/cryptocurrency mining applications. The statement reads,

“Users will not see or be able to install prohibited applications to their GFE device from Google Play or the Apple Store. If the user has an app installed that later becomes prohibited, it will be automatically removed/blocked by the management server.”

No direct reason is offered for prohibiting crypto-mining tools or any other apps rather than they raise security and privacy concerns to the USMC.

“The collection, use, and disposition of information for account creation or made available through mobile applications (e.g., physical locations, significant life events, images, videos, etc.) is a privacy and security concern.”

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