I personally find it hard to believe RIM's assertions that the encryption on the data stored by their Blackberry servers can only be cracked by the user. The spiel given to the media today sounded painfully precise and specious.
India, China, Saudi Arabia, and several other nations have announced that they want RIM to give them access to software that will allow them to read users' messages and data. For a week or so, it seemed like it was something RIM could do, but didn't want to. Then they announced that, no, they couldn't do it. Only the user could unencrypt his own data.
Silent through all this was the U.S. Government, which, thanks to the Patriot Act, can now lock you up without a warrant, send you to Jordan or Syria to be tortured, then imprison you in Guantanamo for five years, with no consequences whatsoever (thanks, Obama, for tricking us into believing you really thought this was unconstitutional or an affront to human rights in some way). Does RIM want me to believe that the U.S. government was content to be told that they would not be allowed to look at anyone's data? Tough luck, Mr. Cheney-- that is a user's private information. You have no constitutional authority to look at it without permission.
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