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White House bans personal cell phones from the West Wing

Posted January 4, 2018 7:47 a.m. EST

— The White House is banning the use of personal cell phones within the West Wing, citing security concerns.

"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," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Thursday morning.

Sanders said staff will continue be able to conduct business on government-issued devices.

In the early months of the Trump administration, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer reviewed his aides' personal and government-issued cell phones in an effort to ensure they weren't privately communicating with reporters amid a series of information leaks. He also informed staff that the use of encrypted messaging apps, like Signal and Confide, was a violation of the Federal Records Act.