With RIM’s BlackBerry recently deemed too secure for the UAE, it’ll be an interesting challenge for RIM to work out a compromise with the UAE as to how it will be able to continue to operate there. The company has announced that it will not compromise on security and privacy, which is good news for users who don’t want governments going through their personal data. Unlike other smart phones, BlackBerry messages are first encrypted and securely stored on the phone, before it’s sent out in an encrypted manner via its own secure Network Operation Center. Such a move means that governments are unable to go through their emails, which is what all the fuss is about. That being said, RIM might be able to handle the UAE situation by installing network nodes in the UAE, amongst other possible solutions. The statement from RIM reads:
“While RIM does not disclose confidential regulatory discussions that take place with any government, RIM assures its customers that it is committed to delivering highly secure and innovative products that satisfy the needs of both customers and governments. Governments have a wide range of resources and methodologies to satisfy national security and law enforcement needs without compromising commercial security requirements”
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