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Codebreaker

Did Blackberry Crack Under Pressure?

Steve Henn Aug 30, 2010

Research in Motion the creator of the Blackberry smart phone has reportedly backed down in its standoff with the Indian government.  India officials had been demanding that Research in Motion the country’s security services access to Blackberry data flowing through the company’s servers. Blackberry phones offer customers powerful encryption for e-mail. That encryption has made many governments, including India, uneasy.  Officials there worry terrorist could use Blackberry smart-phones to coordinate attacks. Research in Motion has resisted other efforts in the United Arab Emeritus and Saudi Arabia to open up its network to surveillance. Blackberry became a leader in the smart phone market by promising corporate customers unmatched security in mobile communication. However with hundreds of millions of potential customers in India, Research in Motion was under tremendous pressure to cut a deal. The exact terms Research in Motions arrangement in India have not been made public.

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