White House reportedly considering banning staff from using personal phones at work


The White House is reportedly considering a ban on personal mobile phones for staff at work, according to Bloomberg.

The Trump administration has been beset by leaks — in February, then-Press Secretary Sean Spicer was reportedly coordinating unplanned “phone checks,” as staffers turned to encrypted messaging apps — and a ban could be used to curb contact with the press, but the ban would also cause technical hurdles for staff: Bloomberg reports that staff aren’t able to send texts on government-issued devices.

Bloomberg quotes one source saying the ban is for cybersecurity reasons, as personal devices are not as secure as White House phones. On that front, the White House has also run into problems: chief of staff John Kelly’s personal phone was recently discovered to be compromised by hackers.

The plan would reportedly include all staff in the executive office of the president, although it’s still unclear if the administration will move ahead with the idea.