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RIM’s statement on the UAE/Dubai Government Tantrums

In case anyone is looking for a perspective from RIM/BlackBerry on recent news in the Gulf, I got this in from their PR team this morning:

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RIM has spent over a decade building a very strong security architecture to meet our enterprise customers’ strict security requirements around the world. It is a solution that we are very proud of, and it has helped us become the number one choice for enterprises and governments. In recent days there has been a range of commentary, speculation, and misrepresentation regarding this solution and we want to take the opportunity to set the record straight. There is only one BlackBerry enterprise solution available to our customers around the world and it remains unchanged in all of the markets we operate in. RIM cooperates with all governments with a consistent standard and the same degree of respect. Any claims that we provide, or have ever provided, something unique to the government of one country that we have not offered to the governments of all countries, are unfounded. The BlackBerry enterprise solution was designed to preclude RIM, or any third party, from reading encrypted information under any circumstances since RIM does not store or have access to the encrypted data.

RIM cannot accommodate any request for a copy of a customer’s encryption key, since at no time does RIM, or any wireless network operator or any third party, ever possess a copy of the key. This means that customers of the BlackBerry enterprise solution can maintain confidence in the integrity of the security architecture without fear of compromise.

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Good news!

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2 replies on “RIM’s statement on the UAE/Dubai Government Tantrums”

Although RIM/Blackberry offers one of the most secure solution for enterprise customers but if they can't find an agreement with regularity bodies then it will hurt their business and global presence. Customers will switch to other smart phones. Etisalat is already offering a replacement smartphone for customers who have bought Blackberry. It will be up hill battle for RIM to get the customers back.

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