Think about what you used this device for - is there sensitive information on this device, such as contacts, location or messages? Can this data being leaked be problematic for you, your work, or others besides yourself?
In some cases it might be helpful to remotely wipe the data on the device of a detained person, to prevent the data on it being abused and used against them or other activists. At the same time, this might be problematic for the detained person (especially in situations where torture and mistreatment are possible) - especially if the detained person was forced to give access to the device, data suddenly disappearing from the device might make the detaining authorities more suspicious. If you are facing a similar situation, read our section "Someone I know has been arrested".
It is also worth noting that in some countries remote wiping might be legally challenging, as it could be interpreted as destruction of evidence.
If you are clear about the direct and legal consequences for everyone involved, you can proceed with attempting to remotely wipe the device, by following instructions for your operating system:
- Android devices
- iPhone or Mac
- iOS devices (iPhone and iPad) by using iCloud
- Windows devices
- Blackberry phones
- For Windows or Linux devices, you may have installed software (such as anti-theft or anti-virus software) that allows you to remotely erase the data and the history of your device. If so, use it.
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