White House mulling over ban on use of personal cellphones

Trump has repeatedly ranted against unauthorized leaks coming from the White House

Beset by an fantastic degree of technical incompetence and enough leaks to sink Atlantis, President Donald Trump's administration is now mulling a White House-wide ban on the use of personal cell phones, Bloomberg reported.

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. 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.

Indeed, one of the Trump administration officials who confirmed the proposal said that a particular cause for concern was the multitude of mobile devices routinely connected to the White House's wireless network: a personal phone could be infected outside of the White House, then hijacked once it reenters the building and used to surreptitiously collect and transmit sensitive data.

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The White House already takes certain precautions with personal devices, requiring that they be left outside of the room when classified material is being discussed. Some have expressed concerns the ban would have "unintended consequences" or they could be accused of wasting government resources for placing outside calls on staff-issued phones, according to Yahoo News.

It has not yet been decided whether the proposed ban would apply to all staff in the executive office of President Donald Trump - and the potential effect on Trump's own devices is unclear. Other communication methods also are not available - phones issued by the White House are unable to send text messages, and staff members are blocked from sites such as Gmail and Google Hangouts, the report said. However, national security concerns may win out in the end. His personal phone was discovered to be compromised by hackers a few months back.

The ban on personal devices within the White House is being spearheaded by Mr. Trump's chief of staff, John Kelly, one of the administration officials told Bloomberg.

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