File photo: U.S. President Donald Trump talks between Vice-President Mike Pence (L) and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt prior to the signing of an executive order on “energy independence,” the elimination of Obama-era climate change legislation at an event on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters in Washington, united states, March 28, 2017. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria)
It might seem silly to care what type of smartphone a public figure is used, but in the case of the President, Donald Trump, it is a national security problem.
Prior to the Trump card of the inauguration of the New York Times reported that Trump traded in his Android phone for a secure, encrypted device is approved by the Secret Service; the Associated Press reported the same. Now, we know that the secure, encrypted device: it is an iPhone.
The president of the social media director and senior advisor Dan Scavino Jr. on Tuesday evening tweeted that Trump “is with his new iPhone … for the past few weeks here on Twitter.” That’s kind of funny, given the fact that Trump last year called for an Apple boycott after the Cupertino tech giant refused to unlock the San Bernadino shooter on the iPhone for the FBI.
Earlier this year, a report by the Times of increased make sure that Trump was the use of “old, unsecure Android phone, to the protests of a number of his employees.” After that report, two Democrats in the Senate asked the Department of Defense for more information about the security of Trump’s smartphone.
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“It is important for the President to have the ability to communicate electronically, it is equally important that he does so in a way that is safe, secure and which ensures the preservation of the presidential administration, Sens. Claire McCaskill, a leading member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, and Tom Carper wrote in a letter to the Minister of Defence, General Mattis. She went on to say that “security risks associated with the use of an unsecured phone hackers the ability to access to the device to turn on the audio recording and camera functions, as well as the involvement of monitoring tools to the location and other information tracking functions.”
Meanwhile, Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama used a BlackBerry for the most part of his time as president, but was able to upgrade to a newer smartphone during his last year in office. Check out what Obama had to say about the phone in the video below, starting at 2:13.
This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.