RIM Says It’s Unable to Accommodate Government Requests for Data Access


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The ban on BlackBerry in the UAE has been a hot topic lately and RIM has a few statements on the topic that are interesting. RIM hasn’t directly discussed the ban in the UAE due to the confidential nature of talks with governments, but reiterated some key points about the platform that indirectly address the issue.

RIM has come out saying the BlackBerry network was set up so that “no one, including RIM, could access” customer data, which is encrypted from the time it leaves the device. It added RIM would “simply be unable to accommodate any request” for a key to decrypt the data, since the company doesn’t have the key.

The BlackBerry network is designed “to exclude the capability for RIM or any third party to read encrypted information under any circumstances,” RIM’s statement said.

The location of BlackBerry’s servers doesn’t matter, the company said, because the data on them can’t be deciphered without a decryption key.

“RIM assures customers that it will not compromise the integrity and security of the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution,” the statement said.

So it looks like RIM will not budge on compromising their security and any government looking to get access is simply out of luck.

  • http://bbssh.org/ Marc

    Of course, they key point they continue not to mention… is *consumer* data. It's great to know that BES is protected — of course it is, because the data is encrypted with a key that RIM doesn't own.

    But what about consumer data: emails, BB messages, etc? Their carefully worded press release avoids any mention of that; and indeed news from other sources hints that maybe they are working with some governments to provide access to that data.

  • Andrew

    RIM wouldn't own the encryption keys related to the consumer data either. It may go through their infrastructure, and they may even at times host some of the service, but they do not own it. I think you should be pointing your finger towards the appropriate carriers.