29 November, 2017
The White House is considering a ban on employees using personal cell phones, according to a new report. Bloomberg hears from some officials who say that the ban is driven by cybersecurity concerns. However, if it does go into effect, it would apply to the personal mobile devices of all White House staffers. Early this year, infuriated by numerous leaks, former press secretary Sean Spicer ordered roughly a dozen staffers to present their personal phones for examination to White House lawyers. White House staff said they feared being accused of using government resources to make important personal calls, and that personal calls made on work phones could potentially be made public because of record-keeping procedures. 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.
Officials have to leave their devices outside meetings rooms where sensitive or classified information is to be discussed.
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This plan would ban personal device use for all staff in the executive office of the president, though we still don't have clear indication of when the administration will move ahead with the idea.
Cell phones issued by the White House can not send text messages, and the computer network denies access to Gmail, Google Hangouts and other websites. However, national security concerns may win out in the end. For example, in October, reports indicated that the administration only discovered that Chief of Staff John Kelly's personal cellular device had been breached for months after he brought it to tech support, complaining of malfunctions. Instead, they were assigned "burner" phones in case they became compromised by a cyberattack.