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Federal judge hears case on encrypted apps in White House

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President Donald Trump. Photo: Olivier Douliery-Pool / Getty Images

A federal judge heard arguments Wednesday on a lawsuit alleging the Trump administration hasn’t properly prevented aides from using encrypted apps such as Signal that delete messages after they're read, Politico reports. Watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington (CREW) and the National Security Archive filed the lawsuit last year.

Why it matters: Last February the White House told aides that they must save official messages they send or receive on social media platforms, which the DOJ lawyer said amounts to a ban on encrypted apps. Trump’s Department of Justice wanted to have the case thrown out.