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Smartphone Use by Rioters Creates Privacy Dilemma

DATA PROTECTION—UK

August 11, 2011

Research in Motion (RIM) has placed itself in the smartphone market as the provider able to ensure security and corporate privacy for its users, Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet. But currently, its secure Messenger service is being used by rioters in London to organize, and UK authorities will be issuing warrants to access these messages, Whittaker writes. While RIM has pledged to help UK authorities whenever possible, it still needs to maintain its reputation as a secure provider, he states. RIM does not hold the encryption keys, however, so the messages it provides will be encrypted. According to Whittaker, RIM has one consideration, "how it can continue to market itself as a secure communications platform, when ultimately it is still vulnerable to the laws of the land."
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