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BlackBerry Outed As Spy Tool Of US And Israel By Dubai, India and United Nations

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BlackBerry Outed As Spy Tool Of US And Israel By Dubai, India and United Nations
Dubai's police chief, Lt. Gen. Dahi Khalfan Tamim, said that fears of espionage and information sharing by foe Israel — as well as UAE allies United States and Britain — helped prompt the possible limits on the popular BlackBerry.
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New information is coming out on why the United Arab Emirates is pushing for a ban of BlackBerrys until it gains access to encrypted information on the devices. Dubai’s chief of police—Lt. General Dahi Khalfan Tamim—is trying to pull Israel and the United States into the mess by claiming that both countries use BlackBerrys for espionage purposes. He also has stated that the pending BlackBerry ban should also stop the “defamation of public figures due to the absence of surveillance.” [link to blog.wirelessground.com]

The secretary-general of the U.N.'s International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Hamadoun Toure, is attempting to define that gray area in favor of his constituents, calling on BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion to allow government law enforcement agencies access to user information, according to The Associated Press. Toure believes that governments engaged in fighting terrorism have the right to request the customer data.

But RIM begs to differ, stating that although the company readily complies with legal requests, it is unable to relinquish data exchanged over its corporate service due to the secure design.

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India has widened its security crackdown, asking all companies that provide encrypted communications — not just BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion — to install servers in the country to make it easier for the government to obtain users' data. That would likely affect digital giants like Google and Skype.
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