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Alibaba’s Secure Software Helps China in Foreign Tech Purge

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More than 4,000 Chinese law-enforcement officers are using secure smartphone software developed by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. as part of a government push to purge foreign technology from the most sensitive agencies.

The Alibaba software provides users an encrypted parallel operating system that includes a secure “police chat” messaging platform, said Lu Yu, assistant to the director of the Ministry of Public Security’s First Research Institute. Alibaba’s Professional Mobile Operating System has been loaded into handsets made by China’s ZTE Corp. and employed in police work at home and abroad ahead of a wider rollout.