Using a burner phone limits the exposure of the device to the trip itself. Assuming the burner is activated for the trip and discarded or even destroyed either before leaving China or on arrival in the USA, the opportunity for significant compromise is severely reduced. There may be opportunity to monitor calls, texts and internet activity while the phone is in use within China, but this activity can be limited through good education on the risks for those travelling. Using a long-term device may result in the compromise remaining in place when the person returns to the USA, a far more serious concern and almost certainly the basis for the FBI statement.

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