Tag: privacy

RIM Not Named in Class-Action Lawsuit Against Carrier IQ, Manufacturers and Carriers


Recently, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Carrier IQ, manufacturers and carriers. The defendants in the case include Apple, Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, Samsung and Motorola but does not include RIM. RIM has been open about the fact that it does not authorize Carrier IQ to collect data on BlackBerry devices nor has it ever authorized the carrier to do so pre-sale. Perhaps it has something to do with RIM’s enterprise clients needing privacy that the policy has trickled down to the consumer, unlike other smartphone manufacturers who want to learn more about their clients.
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RIM Announces BlackBerry Balance for Corporate and Individual-Liable Devices


With an upward trend in Individual-liable devices, BlackBerry has announced BlackBerry Balance. Suitable for both employee-owned and corporate issued devices, BlackBerry Balance satisfies both corporate security and personal privacy in an elegant solution.


  • Secure access to business information while preventing the information from being copied into, sent from or used by personal applications like Facebook®, Twitter®, Windows LiveTM Hotmail, Google MailTM or Yahoo!® Mail accounts.
  • Business data or files created by business applications cannot be used by personal applications, not even using the copy and paste features
  • If a user attempts an action that is prohibited by IT policy, a notification is displayed on the device.
  • If an employee leaves the organization, an administrator can remotely wipe business information from the device while leaving personal information intact.
  • If a device is lost or stolen, an administrator can wipe all information from the device to help ensure that sensitive business information and the user’s personal information don’t fall into the wrong hands.
  • Get more details about BlackBerry Balance.
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    Eavesdropping Laws Need to Be Updated to Account for Smartphones


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    Another example of just how outdated these recording laws are: police departments in other states are creating their own apps that directly violate the eavesdropping laws of other states.

    There is a growing trend of recording and reporting incidents by the public via smartphones/mobiles these days. The trend covers events such as the police killing a man near the BART system, a plane crashing in the Hudson, tragic moments from the Iranian elections, and countless more. Recording the world around you has become commonplace in today’s society. Just take a look at the site CrowdReel, which publishes pictures from Twitter streams around the world.

    Recently, a case has brought to light outdated eavesdropping laws in Illinois and 11 other states. The case involves two individuals who recorded public officials (one of which used her BlackBerry) because they wanted a record of what was said for their own personal protection. This act landed them potential sentences of 15 years in prison (the sentence is much greater when it involves a public official versus a civilian).
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    Killer found after tracing BlackBerry data trail



    A man dubbed the Craigslist killer was found when police investigators used “high-tech leads” and traced “IP addresses to physical locations.”His BlackBerry, which he used constantly, was monitored without him knowing about it. As shown in the photo, his whereabouts can be combined with CCTV cameras to pinpoint his travel route.

    The story is reminiscent of the lady who used Google latitude to capture someone who stole her purse.