Report: RIM Allows Saudi Arabia to Monitor Users

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Parsian

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[citation][nom]mikem_90[/nom]Look, they're trying to be just like the USA! How cute![/citation]

Well Saudi's are US puppet what do you expect?
 

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wow !!!!!!
i cant believe this government doesn't usually dictate to big business
but i guess in this case this government is big business (oil)
 

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This is dangerous. First one country, then them all. I hope Canada/US won't try to ban Blackberry because of the ecryption.
 

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so much for the RIM privacy myth...
[citation][nom]mavanhel[/nom]This is dangerous. First one country, then them all. I hope Canada/US won't try to ban Blackberry because of the ecryption.[/citation]

don't worry, they already have them codes.
 

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What an about-face, seeing as RIM claimed not to have the encryption keys to snoop on subscribers' messages...
 

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Those silly middle-easterners are all the same. So much talk, and so little action. That's why whenever they actually DO something, it's such a surprise.
 

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So much for privacy and secure wireless smartphones. Yes let's make everything completely insecure like an open OS, I hear Android has it's first baby malware, congrats all around. And the thing about iPhones not having pron? Check out the "AFF" app on the apps store.... yeah Various Inc, i.e. Penthouse Media Group, Playboy's competitor, owner of over 25 adult sites now has direct iphone, iPod access.
 

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My feelings are mixed for this. On one hand I'm happy that the two were able to work out a solution, but on the other hand it sets a dangerous precedent. Now other governments will know that RIM will cave in to protect their interests.
 

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From what I remember reading about the BlackBerry networking system, RIM's statement still stands. There aren't any "codes", there are public and private servers. RIM can't get to the private (businesses/BES) servers but they do have the public servers and those are usually per-carrier (they said that each telecom in Saudi Arabia is testing a server and that three servers were given out, there are three telecoms in Saudi Arabia so it fits). RIM has given public servers to other telecom providers around the world so since Saudi Arabia (and most likely followed by other countries) agreed that they wanted the public data if anything they wanted the public servers. I still don't like it, I would rather no one have access to the servers but somehow the key needs to be known on both ends so someone has to control it. Now as long as they can't snoop on what I am doing since I am not in their country (as if my country doesn't do it themselves).
 

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I am not surprised. I work in Saudi Arabia, and I have a company owned Blackberry.

Having round-the-clock access to company email is really convenient. But because RIM has caved in to the Arabs, they will find it impossible to resist the demands from any other country.
 

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[citation][nom]Parsian[/nom]Well Saudi's are US puppet what do you expect?[/citation]
Not for long, SA owns over 11% of the USA's material wealth and the figure is climbing.
Here's how it works.
The USA gives money to the Arabs for oil.
The Arabs pour the money back to the USA to buy shares, equity, bonds, etc.
The USA takes the oil and burns it.

It's like buying milk & bread with the deeds for your house.
 

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On a lighter note - owners of Blackberrys who find Government intrusion on their porn-surfing habits will go back to the old tried & trusted method of putting their phone-porn on their SD memory cards.
 

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Like terrorists were sending "lol blow up the embassy, k gaiz?" messages on their device. Odds are, it was all passphrases meant to sound innocuous anyway. "Hey, lets have dinner Friday at that big building up the street!" and whatnot.
 

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[citation][nom]irh_1974[/nom]Not for long, SA owns over 11% of the USA's material wealth and the figure is climbing.Here's how it works.The USA gives money to the Arabs for oil.The Arabs pour the money back to the USA to buy shares, equity, bonds, etc.The USA takes the oil and burns it.It's like buying milk & bread with the deeds for your house.[/citation]

Thats why SA should be an oil producing colony and nothing more.
 

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[citation][nom]figgus[/nom]Like terrorists were sending "lol blow up the embassy, k gaiz?" messages on their device. Odds are, it was all passphrases meant to sound innocuous anyway. "Hey, lets have dinner Friday at that big building up the street!" and whatnot.[/citation]

Terrorism is and will always be just an excuse to spy on your ass.
 
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