Blackberry manufacturer says won’t allow access to security-related codes

August 3rd, 2010 - 7:24 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Aug.3 (ANI): Even as India’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority and the Union Home Ministry is mounting pressure on Blackberry mobile manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) to allow access to security-related codes, RIM has reportedly said it won’t compromise on security and privacy of its smart phones.

RIM, which is based at Waterloo near Toronto, said: “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,” it added in a statement.

The statement comes as the conservative UAE and Saudi Arabia have announced that they plan to ban the use of BlackBerry mobiles by October this year.

Unlike other smart phones - iPhone 4 or Nokia - whose services are handled by local wireless operators, BlackBerry doesn’t send e-mails over the Internet. BlackBerry messages are first encrypted and securely stored on the smart phone and then sent out in encrypted manner through its own highly secure Network Operation Centre or server.

Because of its secure encryption technology, BlackBerry has been a hit with global corporates, financial institutions and governments in more than 170 countries, accounting for more than 46 million subscribers worldwide. (ANI)

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