The iPhone, iPad and iOS have been approved by the Australian government to be used for storing and sharing classified government data, reports the “Herald Sun” (

Mike Burgess, acting director of the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD), said the department has led the way in developing means to enable devices running the latest Apple operating system, iOS 5, to handle secret information up to the Protected level. He said DSD had worked closely with industry to develop practical instructions for government to securely use the latest technology, notes the “Herald Sun.”