Have you been following the whole Indian BlackBerry Ban debacle that has been going on for the passed few months. If you haven’t we will spare you all the details on this post and just tell you that it is over.
It looks like Research in Motion told the Indian government that the BlackBerry was designed so that third parties, including RIM, would not be able to read encrypted information sent on the devices.
The only question that we have is why did RIM dance around this so long?
Good Job RIM. Next India will go for snail mail.
The big questions are:
What is the real truth wrt this issue?
Can the Indian Government be trusted with the truth?
Can the free press handle knowing the truth?
I suspect what RIM says today may be different from reality… there is ALWAYS a way in… perhaps not for “3rd parties” but certainly for others.
Another question that seems awfully obvious…
Is it just the Indian Government that wants access to the data? I find it quite conceivable that the US Government already has a mechanism for tracking this data, along with all the other forms of tracked messaging.
Would RIM be wise to provide this type of access to another nation and risk upsetting the US Govt?
I tend to believe RIM on this. As a company they have to consider the implications of releasing proprietary information, no matter how minimal, regarding the functionality of their system to the public.
It doesn’t surprise me that India is requiring this information, but it disappoints me that as a developing country they are so willing to “ban” products and services just because they can’t get their way.