French Officials Can't Resist Their Crackberries, Even If It Means Giving Secrets To American Spies

from the must...-use...-crackberry dept

We've all heard the RIM Blackberry referred to as a "Crackberry" for its supposedly addictive nature... however, we never thought that it was true that anyone really couldn't do without their Blackberry mobile device. Apparently the French government has banned the devices for certain government officials who might email sensitive information. Since RIM has all emails run through its own servers, some of which reside in the US, the French government is worried (perhaps reasonably so) that American spies are snooping on their sensitive emails. However, apparently many French government officials just can't let go and are still using Blackberry devices on the sly... even if it means sending classified info. What's odd is that various officials say they can't find anything else that works quite like the Blackberry, even though there are more and more solutions that do -- and many of them don't require emails to go through special servers in the US.
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  • identicon
    Joe Smith, 20 Jun 2007 @ 7:23am

    "serving" the customer

    A similar issue came up with the German Army. You would think that RIM would have established a secure server in Europe by now to serve French and German government clients.

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      Anonymous Coward, 20 Jun 2007 @ 9:24am

      Re: "serving" the customer

      Maybe they wanted to, but couldn't afford it after paying off Canadian tech companies who were too incompetent to utilize the technology, and the related legal fees.

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  • identicon
    ReallyEvilCanine, 20 Jun 2007 @ 7:48am

    Pointless

    Apparently the word Echelon has slipped from the collective memory. Airbus' bribery in Saudi Arabia wasn't caught through Crackberry messages.

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    PhysicsGuy, 20 Jun 2007 @ 8:53am

    of course i am french! why else would i talk with this ridiculous accent?!

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    ignorant american, 20 Jun 2007 @ 10:57am

    Like anyone cares what the French are doing...

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  • identicon
    Joe Smith, 20 Jun 2007 @ 12:41pm

    chacun a son gout

    Way to miss the point, Joe-Irrelevant-Detail-Smith. If that IS your real name. At least I'm comfortable with my cowardice.

    And I am comfortable with my alias.

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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, 20 Jun 2007 @ 9:34pm

    Works both ways

    That's OK. As I recall, the digital radios that US forces were using in the Iraq invasion were French-made. Remember, this was after the dust-up over the French making it clear they would veto any Security Council resolution to invade Iraq.

    So if there's any leaking of important secrets through backdoors in equipment, it probably works both ways. :)

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  • identicon
    vicky, 22 Jun 2007 @ 4:33am

    Re: works both ways

    'So if there's any leaking of important secrets through backdoor' get rid of 'of important secrets'.

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