BlackBerry co-CEO slams govt attempts to block services

RIM co-founder says "If they can't deal with the Internet, they should shut it off"

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3205 days ago
MindSmith

The comments made by a supposed C-level exec of RIM telling foreign countries to shutdown their Internet show his arrogant stupidity about the world in general. It is strange RIM nor execs had the guts to tell the US govt exactly the same thing; when RIM willing complied with the US's more stringent requests for interception and tracking of Blackberry users.

If RIM can’t fulfill the regulatory requirements of foreign countries, and thheir co-founder can't keep his short-sighted and ill-conceived rantings to himself - they shoudl simply put their money where their mouth is & shutdown RIM operations within those countries rather than trying to rally people like Clinton to RIM's defense.

It’s no wonder RIM appear to be so arrogant – when they are led by such a short-sighted, misguided, arrogant, sorry excuse for an executive with little understanding of much in this world beyond what his PR execs have spoon fed him.

Breaking news for RIM Co-founder …the “W-O-R-L-D” extends beyond US and Canadian borders ...if you cant handle these global requirements then go back to being a Canadian (not global) company again, eh.

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3211 days ago
Raahul

Unless RIM agrees to open the decryption rights to ISP's / Governments, it should be banned. Lots of untraceable terrorist communication can be possible this way. ISP's already have track of everyone's internet and GSM Mobile usage. Still people do not feel any trouble and all are freely using. Government is not going to publish these privacy details to the whole world. So why worry? When did these so called privacy issues came into picture?

Hillary Clinton is considered about privacy, is a very funny thing. I hope she gives more privacy to her hubby Mr. Clinton for his next Monica... Does America still want to give untapped communication provision, even after they had so many bad experiences? This is not 18th century. All the communication should be audited. So why is anyone worried about tapping if they are NOT doing anything illegal? Sorry, Mr. Clinton ;-)

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3212 days ago
Loay Kassissieh

until when these people will keep thinking that Arab are equals! and who the hell is this Michael Lazaridis to say that "A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science"
well, i am a holder of a computer science degree, and I am telling you what you are missing... whenever there is an encryption, there is a decryption, and it is the right of any country to watch over its national security, and therefore, control and understand any data-flow that is sent or received through their service providers... i don't think we woiuld have hear the same if it was USA making this request, although I do believe that they alrteady have all decryption algorithms and do monitor BBM.

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3213 days ago
snaze

it is true that we don't understand the internet fully, but for the sake of millions of dollars flooding across, it does not harm if RIM open department of tapping (spying), on users search words (gov thinking)...!!

but no one stood to say its wrong to invade private space of individuals...!! including the supportive Hilary Clinton..!

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3213 days ago
hossam

The comment of CEO OF RIM is part of it is right because some of countries they ban internet or many restrictions, The company it self highly tech one,

It's long way i believe at the end will be blocking some services like messenger

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3214 days ago
Mohzin

Please explain how it is affecting countries security

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