RIM Works Out Deal In Saudi Arabia, Causing Many To Wonder If They Can Trust Their BlackBerry
from the well,-you-never-could-before... dept
With last week’s news that the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia were going to block access for BlackBerry users over the inability to spy on RIM’s servers, the news over the weekend that Saudi Arabia is testing three local servers that would alleviate the need for a ban has many wondering how secure their BlackBerry communications really are.
Of course, the more pertinent question may be how secure BlackBerry communications have ever been. One of the big complaints from the UAE and Saudi Arabia (and others) is that they believe RIM already lets certain governments access content flowing across their network. And, of course, no one seems willing to come out with a straight answer one way or the other on whether or not that’s an accurate statement. However, as the NY Times article above makes clear, whether or not governments really do have access to RIM’s network probably isn’t as meaningful as some believe, since there are multiple different potential points of access for anyone wishing to monitor messages. About the only thing that is clear is that if you’re communicating online, it’s probably best to assume that, sooner or later, someone other than the intended recipients will probably see it.