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FOIA News: Government Employees Using Encrypted Messaging Apps On Work Phones, Potentially Violating Federal Law

FOIA News (2018)Kevin SchmidtComment

Government Employees Using Encrypted Messaging Apps On Work Phones, Potentially Violating Federal Law

By Joe Simonson, Daily Caller, Jan 9. 2018

Over a dozen Consumer Financial Protection Bureau employees have downloaded encrypted messaging applications on government-issued phones and are potentially violating federal law, according to documents obtained by the Cause of Action Institute and provided exclusively to the Daily Caller News Foundation.

This demonstrates a culture of secrecy within some segments of the agency’s staff under President Donald Trump.

The Cause of Action Institute (CoA), a nonprofit dedicated to government transparency, received the documents in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request following a December New York Times article describing a cohort of agency employees who are conspiring to undermine acting director and Trump appointee Mick Mulvaney’s agenda. The individuals call themselves “Dumbledore’s Army,” named after a group of fictional wizards in the children’s series “Harry Potter.”

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