Rio de Janeiro’s state police force is banning officers’ use of smartphones on the job, saying use of instant messaging services and social media compromise security.
In an internal memo, the Brazilian force said use of smartphones and tablets would be considered a “serious offense.” The memo dated was October 9. It did not spell out consequences for offenders.
Brazil is one of the world’s top users of social media and the instant messaging application WhatsApp has become the preferred method of communication for many here.
It’s not unusual to see police officers glued to their phones while on patrol or while manning roadblocks.