Chinese border guards secretly install spyware on foreigners' smartphones

The world is well aware of China's desire to establish total control over its citizens. Unfortunately, this policy is beginning to apply to tourists visiting China. Several Western media outlets report that Chinese border guards are now secretly installing spy apps on the smartphones of some foreign guests.

This happens at border crossings in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (XUAR), where arrivals are asked to hand over their smartphones for verification. After that, some owners of Android-based gadgets discovered an application called Fēng cǎi.

According to The Guardian, The New York Times and the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the app searches for texts, emails and contact information of religious content. It is worth clarifying that separatist sentiments emanating from banned extremist Islamic organizations are quite strong in the XUAR, and this measure, in the opinion of the Chinese authorities, is apparently justified.