The List Of Countries Who Are Pondering The Ban On BlackBerry

August 15, 2010 | By | 4 Comments

The story has been ongoing and is a concern. What countries are pulling a ban on our BlackBerry service and what they want. RIM has also stated 4 reasons for lawful access, so I’m including this as well. Whatever RIM does decide to do could change the future of dealings with foreign companies.

The countries who are threatening the ban are:

  • India – The country with nearly 1.2 billion people is threatening to both corporate email and messaging services unless RIM can make the data more easily accessible for intelligence and law enforcement agencies by August 31st. Next may be Google and Skype SA.
  • Indonesia – The country in Southeast Asia wants RIM to bring a server to their country because they are concerned that emails could be tampered with as they cross to the RIM server in Canada. They have no definite plans or dates yet.
  • Lebanon – They’re still trying to decide whether or not RIM poses any security concerns.
  • Saudi Arabia – They called a ban on the BlackBerry service. Hours later it changed it’s mind and states it’s in “positive developments”.
  • United Arab Emirates – This country plans on shutting down the email, messaging, and web browsing on the BlackBerry service in October. It is currently in negotiations with RIM.

This brings us to our next question. What are the reasons for a county to have lawful access to BlackBerry data?

According to the Customer Update RIM posted on their site August 12, 2010 it is the following:

The carriers’ capabilities be limited to the strict context of lawful access and national security requirements as governed by the country’s judicial oversight and rules of law.

The 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.

No changes to the security architecture for BlackBerry Enterprise Server customers since, contrary to any rumors, the security architecture is the same around the world and RIM truly has no ability to provide its customers’ encryption keys. Also driving RIM’s position is the fact that strong encryption is a fundamental commercial requirement for any country to attract and maintain international business anyway and similarly strong encryption is currently used pervasively in traditional VPNs on both wired and wireless networks in order to protect corporate and government communications.

RIM maintains a consistent global standard for lawful access requirements that does not include special deals for specific countries.

  1. The carriers’ capabilities be limited to the strict context of lawful access and national security requirements as governed by the country’s judicial oversight and rules of law.
  2. The 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.
  3. No changes to the security architecture for BlackBerry Enterprise Server customers since, contrary to any rumors, the security architecture is the same around the world and RIM truly has no ability to provide its customers’ encryption keys. Also driving RIM’s position is the fact that strong encryption is a fundamental commercial requirement for any country to attract and maintain international business anyway and similarly strong encryption is currently used pervasively in traditional VPNs on both wired and wireless networks in order to protect corporate and government communications.
  4. RIM maintains a consistent global standard for lawful access requirements that does not include special deals for specific countries.

You can read the Customer Update posted at RIM’s site here

All we can do is wait and see what the outcome will be with the pending threat of the bans and what RIM will do.

[via: PhillyBurbs.com]

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