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BlackBerry conspiracy theories
What was the deal? Was there a deal? Samuel Potter has a few thoughts about why the BlackBerry ban may have disappeared.
October 10, 2010 4:25 by Samuel Potter
In case you haven’t heard, the UAE’s much-publicised BlackBerry plan is off. As Emirates 24-7 reported, the government “cancelled its decision to stop Blackberry services from Monday and said the facility would continue as normal apparently after reaching agreement with the Canadian manufacturers.”
According to the TRA, which oversees such things, BlackBerry services are now compliant with the UAE’s regulatory framework.
But wait a second. I’m no tech expert, but didn’t Research In Motion say it was impossible to provide the levels of access the TRA was demanding? Or at least that they would refuse to provide encryption keys to any government? I can’t be the only one who’s a bit confused by all this. And suspicious, for that matter. What exactly is the nature of RIM’s “compliance”?
Here are a few of the conspiracy theories floating around:
1. Research In Motion called the UAE’s bluff. They offered no encryption keys, no new access, and no solutions. The UAE, realising it was on the brink of switching off one of the most important and popular tools in modern business, blinked first. They scrapped the ban, and the whole “compliance” announcement is a ruse to help them save face.
2. Similar to the above, only there was no game of chicken. RIM simply could not provide what the UAE asked for (it has said many times the access the UAE wanted was impossible to provide). The UAE actions, therefore, demonstrated either an inability to grasp the technical situation, or a belief that RIM was lying.
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