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Deloitte and KPMG advise staff to use burner phones in Hong Kong

It comes as the well-known business hub, deemed a special administrative region of China, has seen increased control from Beijing over recent years

Accountancy giants Deloitte and KPMG have reportedly advised staff members to use burner phones instead of their own personal devices when visiting Hong Kong over security fears, according to the Financial Times.

The outlet revealed that the firms, alongside consultancy firm McKinsey, have warned staff about using their own work phones in the region due to concerns that they could be hacked and that client data could be leaked.

It comes as the well-known business hub, deemed a special administrative region of China, has seen increased control from Beijing over recent years including the implementation of new security and privacy laws back in 2020.

The FT said that the firms declined to comment on the reports.

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The move comes after journalists and athletes were also advised to use burner phones ahead of the Winter olympics in Beijing last year due to similar concerns over the safety of their private data.

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