White House Considering Ban on Personal Cell Phones of Staffers

White House Considering Ban On Personal Cell Phones, Says Report

White House Considering Ban On Personal Cell Phones, Says Report

According to a new report, the White House is thinking about implementing a new ban which will prevent members of the staff from using their personal phones when they're at work.

The report said the policy under consideration is not because of President Donald Trump's concerns of administration officials leaking sensitive information to the press.

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The White House took precautionary measures, and employees are now required to leave their phones in cubbies when attending meetings that involve sensitive matters. One anonymous official said that there are too many personal devices connected to the White House's wireless network; unlike the phones that are given out by the White House for job related calls, these personal handsets are not secure. However, if it does go into effect, it would apply to the personal mobile devices of all White House staffers.

Some staffers worry a ban could result in a series of disruptive unintended consequences. In addition to being unable to text or email family during the day, some are scared to use White House issued phones to make calls to check on things at home for fear that they would be accused of using government paid for services for their own personal benefits.

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Kelly noticed his phone wasn't working properly and handed it over to White House tech support, only for them to find it had been "externally breached", according to a segment in October where Rachel Maddow detailed the incident.

Security priorities may override those concerns.

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In the early months of the administration, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer demanded members of his staff turn over their mobile phones for random checks to see if they had leaked damaging information to the media. Given the number of ways a compromised device could be used to spy on the president, a personal cell phone ban might be a crude solution, but a workable one.

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