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RIM: No Special Access to User Data

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August 6, 2010

Research in Motion (RIM), the Canadian company behind BlackBerry smartphones, is rejecting reports that it would allow the Indian government access to user data shared via e-mail and instant messaging. The Guardian reports that India, following bans by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, had warned it could block some BlackBerry services based on concerns about encrypted e-mail. RIM has since issued a statement that suggestions it would allow governments to have special access to customers data were "unfounded." The company has said that its services have been 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." Indonesia is also considering a ban on Blackberry services.
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