Trump's White House might ban staff from using personal mobile phones

Jerome Frank
Ноября 29, 2017

The White House could ban staff members from being allowed to use their personal phones at work, five members of President Donald Trump's administration told Bloomberg News.

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. During a recent trip to China, all White House staff were issued "burner" devices that would be wiped when they returned.

Trump has fussed about leaks to the news media, but that is not the reason White House is giving for the proposed ban.

The ban would also mean no one would be able to send texts from the White House as official White House-issued mobile devices are not capable of sending texts.

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If imposed, the ban would affect staff in the executive office of the president. However, Kelly had not really used the personal phone since joining the Trump team, according to White House officials. The report mentions that the possibility of the ban has raised concerns among some staffers as they feel they will be cut off from their families and friends while they're at work. Mobile phone security has been a persistent issue for the White House, and at times some top officials have also anxious about staff using their personal devices to communicate with news reporters.

The White House already takes precautions with personal wireless devices, including by requiring officials to leave phones in cubbies outside of meeting rooms where sensitive or classified information is discussed. However, national security concerns may win out in the end.

Kelly himself was hit by hackers earlier this year, when his personal phone was compromised. Spicer warned his staff that using encrypted messaging apps like Signal and Confide were violations of the Presidential Records Act.

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