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News | Oct. 8, 2019

Portable electronic devices not allowed in areas approved for classified material

By DLA Public Affairs DLA Public Affairs

Portable electronic devices are prohibited in Defense Logistics Agency-owned or controlled spaces approved for storage and processing of classified information, according to a memorandum signed Sept. 25 by DLA Director Army Lt. Gen. Darrell Williams. 

The policy applies to civilian and military employees as well as contractors and visitors to DLA. It prohibits use of personal PEDs like cell phones, laptops, iPads, smartwatches, and fitness trackers that have storage or Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities inside any space where classified information is discussed or disseminated. 

Government-issued PEDs are allowed in areas approved for open storage and processing of classified information if Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities are disabled. Government-issued, unclassified devices are authorized in spaces such as conference rooms and private offices if classified information is not being processed or transmitted.

PEDs may also be prohibited by the meeting host in spaces not approved to process classified information where sensitive, unclassified information is being discussed. The host must display signs indicating when personal PEDs are not allowed and provide storage for devices outside the meeting space.