RIM Standing Firm on Promises to Protect BlackBerry Access

By James Falconer on 28 May 2008 12:50 pm EDT
RIM Standing FirmI reported yesterday that RIM was giving the Indian Government a no-go on direct access to decrypt BlackBerry messages sent from BlackBerry users within the country. It looks like they are standing firm on their position. 

RIM has vowed to BlackBerry customers that they do not have any plans of giving in to the continuing demands of the Indian Government for access to messages as part of terrorism probes/investigations. What's more, RIM has made it clear that they lack the ability to enable any third party to read encrypted information contained within a users' device... and that they could not provide the government with the encryption key needed to decrypt messages... because such an encryption key does not exist!

RIM wants to assure customers that they are committed to "serving security-conscious businesses in the Indian market with highly secure products".

Again, good on RIM for standing firm on this one. It's just a shame it took this long to get to this point.

[ via The Calgary Herald ]

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RIM Standing Firm on Promises to Protect BlackBerry Access


At least RIM has not, so far, turned out to be composed of a bunch of surrender-monkeys. Think: landline and wireless carriers (except for Qwest) with the U.S. gov't post-9/11 and Google/Yahoo with the Chinese gov't.

If RIM bent backward to the Indian government, what make you think they would not do that to China, Canadian, USA etc....., way to go RIM.

why (and i do mean to ask), why the hell is RIM allowing the Indian market/govt to get access in the first place to this portion of the market??? hella stupid. get your own s***.

I don't think its a matter of Standing their ground or backing down. It is not even remotely possible for a 3rd party to gain acces to any data sent from a blackerry to a bes.

Why do you think RIM has a big fat pile of international security acceditations sitting on the shelf.