Trump Admin Bans "All Personal Devices" From White House

Having warned in November amid a hosepipe of leaks, that it was possible, The White House is banning its employees from using personal devices while at work in the West Wing, despite concerns among some staffers that they’ll be cut off from children and other relatives trying to reach them.

“The security and integrity of the technology systems at the White House is a top priority for the Trump administration and therefore starting next week the use of all personal devices for both guests and staff will no longer be allowed in the West Wing,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Thursday.

“Staff will be able to conduct business on their government-issued devices and continue working hard on behalf of the American people.”

White House chief of staff John Kelly imposed the ban, citing security concerns. President Donald Trump has repeatedly complained about press leaks since taking office, but aides said the change isn’t connected to concerns about unauthorized disclosures to news organizations.

The change means aides in the Trump administration won't be permitted to use their personal cellphones on the White House campusBloomberg News reported.

 

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There are too many devices connected to the White House wireless network, and personal phones aren’t as secure as those issued by the federal government, said an official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an internal White House matter.

The phones provided by the White House reportedly don't allow texting, adding to staffers' complaints.

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PT Montanye Jeff Jan 5, 2018 4:12 AM Permalink

Most jobs I go on ban mobile phones.
"If you need to communicate outside then see your supervisor.  If you need to communicate inside then we will issue you with radios."
Then they never have any radios.
Then our supervisors tell us to use our phones.
"But we're not allowed to have phones."
"Use them anyway."
Welcome to the "real" world.

(Can't complain too loudly.  I've seen enough "one-armed" workers to understand the corporate point of view.)

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Dilluminati Sofa King Jan 4, 2018 11:28 AM Permalink

have seen incredibly talented developers leave companies over the requirement to not have access to cell phones, and could understand their decision.. incredibly talented young developer had the job, skills, car, home.. and wanted love.  simply wanted to be connected to the person they loved..  and they made the decision to put that human relationship 1st

I almost think you need a room with lockers where all sorts of human communication can occur, say pregnancy, other health sensitive issues.. 

on the other hand, "if you agree to take the position" and as a stipulation for taking the position you agreed.. well that was the deal.  but the "next day rule" on this decision isn't really all that smart either.. there will be those who resent the draconian change and inadequate time to prepare for it..  even simple things like car pool sharing are affected.. making sweeping rules are easy.. people are more complicated

I have seen HR rock peoples lives, cancel their vacations, make other seemingly simple HR changes and it costs them good employees.. one of the most talented developers I have met in years left because she correctly wanted love as well as career

 

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Renfield Radioactive Ideas Jan 4, 2018 10:16 AM Permalink

Agreed. Been reading here since the blogspot days, and read your comment just as I was thinking it's looking like finally time to ditch the Hedge from my bookmarks. This latest upgrade has pretty much made the effort of browsing comments not worth the trouble, and the comments section was always the best feature of this site. They should have made that their first priority, made it ever easier to have conversations, but there's no point showing up for the MSM perspective of the articles alone. Alas, but at least there's still Jim Stone & the chans.

I will always be grateful to Tyler Durden and the (old) Hedge team, for being my university of all things financial, getting me through the Panic of '08-'09. Guess I'm an alumnus now. Bye, Tyler, godspeed & thanks for the memories.

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44_shooter Jan 4, 2018 9:06 AM Permalink

Just plain stupid.

doesnt solve ANYTHING except the ability to leak information IMMEDIATELY.  Everyone still has their personal burner cells at home, in their car, in the offices OUTSIDE the WH.....

This accomplishes nothing...

SFopolis Jan 4, 2018 9:06 AM Permalink

Makes sense to me.  We never used to be able to talk to anyone anytime all day long and justify it at work.  Seems to me they never should have been allowed since they started out in the '90s.  Imagine if someone said in 1988, "I have to have my Motorola Cell Brick with me at all times."  They would have been fired.  

They will have to make some phones available for personal calls, though, as I'm sure they used to have.  Maybe they still do.

Omega_Man Jan 4, 2018 9:07 AM Permalink

they are stupid. Israel runs the phone lines in the US and has access to all info...that's where the leaks are coming from... ban israeli ownership and all intel chips