The head of the Russian Orthodox Church thinks smartphones bring people closer to the devil.
Patriarch Kirill has suggested data-gathering capacity of devices risks bringing humanity closer to the arrival of the Antichrist.
In an interview shown Monday on state TV, he said the church does not oppose technological progress but is concerned that the availability of private information could become dangerous.
He said: "Someone can know exactly where you are, know exactly what you are interested in, and know exactly what you are afraid of."
"Control from one point is a foreshadowing of the coming of Antichrist, if we talk about the Christian view.
"Antichrist is the person who will be at the head of the World Wide Web that controls the entire human race."