Spies, secrets and smartphones

Some sort of a deal seems to have been thrashed out over the weekend, according to reports from Saudi Arabia, under which its spooks will be able to snoop to their heart’s content on messages sent over BlackBerrys within the kingdom. All last week, as it negotiated with the Saudi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Indian authorities over their demands for monitoring, the smart-phones’ Canadian maker, Research In Motion (RIM), was dodging journalists’ demands for proper explanations about what exactly is negotiable about the phones’ security. The Economist asked five times in four days for an interview, and got nowhere. Other news organisations had a similar experience.The best we could get from the company was a series of tight-lipped statements, of which the least cryptic was this one:To read the rest of this report from The Economist in full, see:
www.economist.com/blogs/babbage/2010/08/blackberrys_and_encryption

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