French officials have been banned from using BlackBerry devices due to concerns that U.S. agencies such as the NSA could access sensitive information. French security experts don’t like the fact that all BlackBerry messages run through servers in in the UK and the United States which poses a security threat.
The BlackBerry Ban, however, isn’t going over all that well with French officials. “They tried to offer us something else to replace our BlackBerries but it doesn’t work and some people are using their BlackBerry in secret.”
BlackBerry messages are encrypted and cannot be analyzed and their source cannot be determined. If, however, some French officials are using BlackBerrys in secret, French security analysts have more to worry about than the U.S. listening in.