The White House may ban its employees from using personal mobile while at work - reportedly amid fears they could be vulnerable to a cyber attack. Bloomberg hears from some officials who say that the ban is driven by cybersecurity concerns. 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 official is remaining anonymous because the proposal is not yet final.
The White House already limits the usage of personal devices and prohibits staffers from bringing them into rooms where sensitive information is discussed, among other precautions, Bloomberg reported.
The ban would apply to every staffer in the executive office, and comes in response to an administration plagued by leaks of sensitive information.
It is yet to be decided by top officials of this ban will be imposed or not. White House issued phones cannot send texts, which are usually the fastest way that a staff member can communicate with his family at home.
White House staffers could be relegating to using government-issued cellphones with limited capabilities while on the job, the report said, effectively restricting their communications outside of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue but also lessening their odds of spurring a security breach.
The White House did not immediately respond to inquiries. Given the number of ways a compromised device could be used to spy on the president, a personal cell phone ban might be a crude solution, but a workable one. Spicer warned his staff that using encrypted messaging apps like Signal and Confide were violations of the Presidential Records Act.