BlackBerry privacy right defended by RIM

Research In Motion vowed Tuesday to defend the legal privacy rights of BlackBerry users

By - January 4, 2012
BlackBerry_Data

Research In Motion vowed Tuesday to defend the legal privacy rights of BlackBerry users after a judicial commission in Pakistan ordered copies of smartphone communications in a scandal probe.

The Canadian firm reacted to news that a Pakistani commission was seeking records for a probe into an unsigned memo purported to ask for Washington’s help to rein in Pakistan’s military.

The highly controversial memo was allegedly an attempt by a close aide of President Asif Ali Zardari to enlist the US military’s help to head off a military coup in May in Pakistan.

It was made public in October by Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz.

On Monday, the commission directed Pakistan government officials to obtain the BlackBerry “record of conversation” between Ijaz and a former envoy to the US accused of crafting the memo, Husain Haqqani.

Haqqani resigned over the affair and the Supreme Court has stopped him from leaving Pakistan. He has denied any involvement in the scandal.

Canada-based RIM, which makes the BlackBerry, said, “Like others in our industry, from time to time, we may receive requests from legal authorities for lawful access assistance.”

The company statement added: “We are guided by appropriate legal processes and publicly disclosed lawful access principles in this regard as we balance any such requests against our priority of maintaining the privacy rights of our users.”

Forum discussion

Shutterstock is the image partner of MyBroadband – more technology images

Join the conversation

Connect with Us

androidappletwitterfacebookgoogleplusfeednewsletter

Poll

Are you a DStv Premium subscriber?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

More News

What your money bought at Nkandla

Nkandla

A media tour of Nkandla gave South Africans the first ever opportunity to put pictures to some of the state-funded infrastructure built inside President Jacob Zuma’s private rural compound.

Best 404 pages on the Internet

404 Lego

Many websites have very creative 404 pages – here are some of the best ones from around the Internet.

How to select the right generator in South Africa

Generator

Eskom has published guidelines on which generators people must buy in South Africa, and how to connect these generators to their homes.

Will Windows 10 be the best operating system yet from Microsoft?

Windows 10

With Windows 10, Microsoft is trying to turn the tide against the proliferation of operating systems across desktops, servers, tablets, and smartphones by creating a single operating system that will run on them all.

X

Newsletter Subscription


Name
Email *
Enter the following to confirm your subscription *
Captcha image


Free MyBroadband Newsletter
Subscribe
X