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The United Arab Emirates continues to wrestle with Research in Motion over government access to BlackBerry messages, threatening to ban the company's services if it doesn't severely weaken the anti-snooping protections on its smartphones..... "Everything on the Internet is encrypted," CEO Michael Lazaridis told the Wall Street Journal, slightly inaccurately. "This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can't deal with the Internet, they should shut it off." What's worrying is that the UAE may indeed have already "dealt with" the rest of the Internetójust not in the way that most of us would like.
...but it is clear they don't on RIM devices...
In the United States, they can get a warrant and I suspect RIM would comply without question. In that scenario, RIM doesn't have to turn over wholesale access to their encryption technology to that agency - they would decrypt the data and hand it over.