BlackBerry operating outside the law

This article is a classic example of a baffling, questions left unanswered, confused piece of UAE news.

“58 per cent of the respondents said they would be worried if the mobile applications they used were beyond the reach of the UAE courts.”

What was the question, exactly? ‘Would you like everything you do via your phone to be scrutinised by the government, however private it may be, with our without your permission?’.

I find it hard to believe that the people questioned were worried that their communications were private.

What other services are accessible by governments? Hotmail? Gmail? Private company VPNs?

“India’s intelligence officials have long complained they are unable to decipher encrypted data sent on BlackBerry handsets”.

Oh really? Have they long complained that they’re not allowed to rifle through everyone’s private belongings just because they’d like to?

It is a government’s right to create whatever laws they wish to in service of the country, naturally.

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7 Responses to “BlackBerry operating outside the law”

  1. Sam Dubai Says:

    Chris, look at who conducted the survey…

    time for The Patch 2.0 they tried it last year.

  2. Spear The Almighty Says:

    Very true.

  3. Rick Vanover Says:

    I think that this edict won’t stick forever. RIM is going to have to strike a deal, but somehow maintain the confidentiality of their clients. I’m no encryption or mobile devices expert, but this can’t last – or worse continue to other jurisdictions.

  4. Seabee Says:

    Agree with you about the usual lack of clarity.

    But: “What other services are accessible by governments?” Well just about all our communications are routinely monitored by governments, both authotitarian and democratic. As are our movements by CCTV.

  5. Seabee Says:

    Agree with you about the usual lack of clarity.

    But: “What other services are accessible by governments?” Well just about all our communications are routinely monitored by governments, both authoritarian and democratic. As are our movements by CCTV.

  6. Sam Dubai Says:

    @Seabee : all our communications are accessible except blackberry emails sent inside corporate networks – this is what makes the product unique and robust.

  7. Nuppo Says:

    @ Sam

    I read somewhere that only emails/messages sent via BB’s internal system system (i.e. from PIN to PIN : email or bbm) were encrypted between sender and recipient…but then I am not an IT specialist…

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