If the White House is prepared to ban personal mobile phones, what is the big deal? There are two possible reasons that the ban could be instituted. One reason would be to help stem the flow of leaks from the White House. If you chose that reason, you would be wrong. Chief of Staff John Kelly’s phone was hacked this year. It was a real security concern. Here is what has to be considered before the ban is put in place.
As Written By Jennifer Jacobs and Justin Sink for Bloomberg:
The White House may ban its employees from using personal mobile phones while at work, raising concerns among some staffers including that they’ll be cut off from family and friends, according to seven administration officials.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly complained about press leaks since taking office, but one official said the potential change isn’t connected to concerns about unauthorized disclosures to news organizations.
The proposed ban is instead driven by cybersecurity concerns, the officials said. One official said that there are too many devices connected to the campus wireless network and that personal phones aren’t as secure as those issued by the federal government. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly — whose personal phone was found to be compromised by hackers earlier this year — is leading the push for a ban, another official said.
The officials requested anonymity to discuss the proposal because it’s not final.
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. Top officials haven’t yet decided whether or when to impose the ban, and if it would apply to all staff in the executive office of the president.
While some lower-level officials support a ban, others worry it could result in a series of disruptive unintended consequences.
Mobile devices issued by the White House aren’t able to send text messages, creating a ……
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