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    White House Mulls Ban on Staffers’ Personal Cell Phones

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    The move is reportedly driven not because of President Donald Trump’s concerns of administration officials leaking sensitive information to the press, but because of cybersecurity concerns.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Trump Administration is considering banning White House staffers from using their personal cell phones at work, media reported.

    The policy is driven because of cybersecurity concerns, especially after White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s personal phone was compromised by hackers earlier this year, Bloomberg reported, citing several administration officials.

    Back then, White House's tech support department concluded that the Kelly's phone had been hacked. However, Kelly had not really used the personal phone since joining the Trump team, according to White House officials.

    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.

    Lower-level officials support a ban, the report added, but others worry it could yield disruptive unintended consequences, including being accused of abusing government resources if forced to place personal calls on White House-issued phones.

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