White House Mulls Ban on Staffers' Personal Cell Phones

29 November, 2017, 01:06 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
  • White House Considering Ban On Personal Cell Phones, Says Report

According to Bloomberg, the White House is considering putting a ban in place on the use of personal phones at work by staff.

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. However, if it does go into effect, it would apply to the personal mobile devices of all White House staffers.

In February, we previously saw then-Press Secretary Sean Spicer coordinating unplanned "phone checks" to control the leaks that were happening in the White House.

They can't send or receive text messages, for example, prompting concerns that White House staff would be cut off from contact with their families while at work if personal devices are banned.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is said to be particularly pushing for the ban.

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At least five Trump administration officials, who spoke anonymously because the ban isn't final, said employees were anxious that the rule would block them from communicating with family and friends, Bloomberg reported on Monday.

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. 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.

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.

Security priorities may override those concerns.

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