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RIM denies doing special deals

But tries to cooperate
Fri Aug 13 2010, 10:07

REGULATORS ARE HITTING Research in Motion (RIM) and its Blackberry smartphones unfairly and wanting special access to its messaging service that they would not expect from other companies, the company has claimed.

RIM said that although it cannot disclose confidential regulatory discussions that take place with any government, it wants the public to know that it genuinely tries to be as cooperative as possible with governments.

It said it won't change its security technology. The company claimed it adopts a "consistent global standard" in setting access requirements and won't do "special deals" for individual countries.

RIM claimed that the Blackberry smartphones are being unfairly targeted and that some governments want more access to its servers than they would expect from other carriers.

It said that the carriers' capabilities are limited to the strict context of lawful access and national security requirements as governed by the country's judicial oversight and rules of law.

It maintained that carriers' capabilities must be technology and vendor neutral, allowing no greater access to BlackBerry consumer services than the carriers and regulators already impose on RIM's competitors and other similar communications technology companies.

RIM added that it had made no changes to the security architecture for BlackBerry Enterprise Server customers since, contrary to any rumours, the security architecture is the same around the world and RIM truly has no ability to provide its customers' encryption keys. µ



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