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Edward Snowden shuns iPhones due to secret software that can be remotely activated to spy on people, says lawyer

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The iPhone has secret spyware that lets governments watch users without their knowledge, according to Edward Snowden's lawyer.

The NSA whistleblower doesn’t use a phone because of the secret software, which his lawyer says can be remotely activated to watch the user.

"Edward never uses an iPhone, he’s got a simple phone," Anatoly Kucherena told Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

"The iPhone has special software that can activate itself without the owner having to press a button and gather information about him, that’s why on security grounds he refused to have this phone based on security grounds."

Apple has been active in making the iPhone harder for security services to spy on, and the company said that iOS 8 made it impossible for law enforcement to extract users’ personal data, even if they have a warrant.

The company has also been active in campaigning for privacy reform after the Snowden revelations, joining with Facebook and Google to call for changes to the law.

But recently published files from the NSA showed that British agency GCHQ used the phones UDIDs — the unique identifier that each iPhone has — to track users.

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