Obama banned from iPhone for security reasons

Struggling BlackBerry still has a supporter in the president, who says he must use the device instead of Apple's.

By Benzinga Dec 5, 2013 1:00PM

U.S. President Barack Obama holds a news conference from the White House /Larry Downing/Reuters By Tim Parker

Never kick a company while it’s down, but BlackBerry (BBRY) has certainly been kicked this year.

On the brink of bankruptcy, the phone maker has lost most of its customers and more than 80 percent of its stock value. But, the company still has one loyal supporter: the President of the United States.

Saying he's "loyal" might be a stretch. The story goes like this: President Obama was speaking to a group of young people at the White House Wednesday about Obamacare.

As part of his comments, he said that he’s not allowed to use Apple's (AAPL) iPhone for "security reasons." Although he still uses the iPad and his daughters each use iPhones, he can only use his BlackBerry.

Interestingly, although the Obamacare website is still broken and those problems have dominated headlines, the most notable thing he said, if you believe the press, was this iPhone comment.

Political commentary aside, here's another question: Why can’t Apple get any security love from the government? It can, a little. In May, iOS 6 was granted FIPS 140-2 certification. This means that low-level classified documents may be accessed and shared on devices running iOS 6. Soon after, iPhones and iPads were cleared by the U.S. Department of Defense for U.S. military use.

Both Apple and Google (GOOG) would argue that their phones are secure. According to reports, both companies have lengthy waiting lists from federal government agencies all the way to local law enforcement for help bypassing the encryption of the lock screen on their phones. While that doesn’t qualify as secure by government standards, Apple is likely more secure than its given credit for. Even if that isn’t true, it has plenty of help from outside companies.

Cult of Mac points out that there are plugins that offer enterprise level security for iOS devices. One of those is Thursby, which is already in use at the Pentagon, DEA, and numerous other government agencies.

But teaching old dog new tricks, even if those new tricks are just as secure as 

BlackBerry devices, won’t come quickly or easily. If BlackBerry were to shut down, people familiar with the matter say that the government would be in no rush to find a new platform since BlackBerry services would likely stay active for a long time into the future.

Until the White House is forced to change, don’t expect large-scale iOS adoption.

Disclosure: At the time of this writing, Tim Parker was long Apple.

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Dec 5, 2013 1:24PM
Obama can't use an iPhone because of security issues, but We The People are expected to enter all of our personal identifying information into a gov website that lacks even the most basic security measures.
Dec 5, 2013 1:49PM
If we could only ban him from everything else.
Dec 5, 2013 1:53PM

"More than 11 million Americans remain unemployed; of those, more than 4 million have been unemployed for more than 26 weeks."


"You didn't build that. I did! "


And the libs still keep on telling us what a wonderful job this idiot is doing.

Dec 5, 2013 2:25PM

I'm not concerned about Obama using an iPhone. Anything that will stop him from making end-runs around Congress, well, I'm for it.

Obama has taken away your right to government by legislation, and through the process of multiple branches of the government.

Obama has crowned himself King, while pi$$ing on your legal right to government by representation. You no longer have active representation in the governmental process.

Dec 5, 2013 2:23PM
I just figured he couldn't use an I-phone because he is dumber than a box of rocks !! 
Dec 5, 2013 2:21PM
Obama should be banned from this "country" for the same security concerns!!!
Dec 5, 2013 1:41PM
We have all kinds of fraud in our systems Medicare, Medicaid, VA, IRS,  etc.  and we are told the information and possibility of fraud is minimal in the new healthcare system? Really?
Dec 5, 2013 2:35PM
Dec 5, 2013 2:28PM
What security? what is an enemy going to find out a tee time? Michelle's weight?
Dec 5, 2013 3:12PM
Can we please ban him from the oval office also?   This would also be for security reasons.
Dec 5, 2013 1:46PM
Darn it!  This article got my hopes up when it said 
"Obama banned"
 but then read the rest of the head line  
"from iPhone for security reasons"!!  That should get the Obamabots going!  
Dec 5, 2013 2:41PM
I just got my first, and only I phone. After 4 days I went back to my two year old droid which offers more features and durability. Apple= pay more, get less.
Dec 5, 2013 3:05PM

I wonder what they will bring up next?

where he purchases his clothes, or I should say mention that company that donates clothes to him.

Wonder what his shoe size is...

he is probably worried about NSA tapping his phone calls.  I do not remember reading any where that they could not listen to Blackberry phones..

Dec 5, 2013 2:45PM
I figured it was either too complicated for him to understand without a teleprompter flashing instructions or because apple is being destroyed on multiple levels due to the economic conditions and the healthcare law and they wont let obama have one... either way I dont care, how about we get back to the important things like jobs, the economy and the disaster caused by obama and how we can fix what he is destroying
Dec 5, 2013 3:28PM

We should have warned Merkel not to use one.  Oh wait, we were the one spying on her personal phone.

Dec 5, 2013 4:12PM
So, he's the only person the NSA isn't listening too??????
Dec 5, 2013 4:11PM

I, for one, would love to see the NSA's phone records on Obama.


"Hey, Mr. Putin, what should I do next?"

Dec 5, 2013 3:48PM
If he had any other brand of SMARTPHONE they would block Obama corresponding with his socialist, communist, and raghead bros & friends.  Canada is a socialist county, therefore they allow him to contact his socialist, communist, and raghead bros & friends via his Blackberry.
Dec 5, 2013 1:42PM
I do think there is a place and market for Blackberry, but they should have started years ago to totally migrate to the Enterprise market.
Dec 5, 2013 4:56PM

He could use a Tin Can With A String for all I care about his phone problems . He has ruined this country and bypassed the system of checks and balances that are supposed to be there to protect us from Idiots like him . He did get his version of Socialized medicine in place so that he can claim he did something . When this gets repealed or declared unconstitutional which it is , I hope he can realize all the damage that he has done . Although with his ego he will probably not admit it to him self . The liberal slanted bias media will  never point it out . They are gearing up for Hilary ( God Help us ) ........
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