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RIM To Share BlackBerry Codes With Saudi Authorities For Monitoring BlackBerry Messenger

RIM has been the center of government ire in a few countries most prominently the India, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Indonesia, which’ve threatened to ban Blackberry devices if RIM doesn’t provide them reasonable access to users’ data. While India awaits, Saudi Government has reportedly received unprecedented access to certain RIM resources,

“RIM agreed to hand over user codes that would let Saudi authorities monitor its BlackBerry Messenger, as it seeks to stop the kingdom from silencing the service, a source close to the talks said on Aug 10th. The source said RIM would share with Saudi Arabia the unique pin number and code for each BlackBerry registered there. That’ll allow authorities to read encrypted text sent via Messenger, an instant messaging service that’s distinct from e-mail sent on BlackBerry. The arrangement would effectively give Saudi Arabia access to RIM’s main server for Messenger, but only for communications to and from Saudi users, source said.”

The Canadian company declined to comment, referring media to its earlier statement in which it said it “cooperates with all governments with a consistent standard.”


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