This is awesome Mike Lazaridis not holding back! Countries all over are wanting access to RIM’s encrypted data! DENIED!!
“This is about the Internet,” Mr. Lazaridis said. “Everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can’t deal with the Internet, they should shut it off.”
In a fiery interview, the RIM co-founder said the devices are being unfairly singled out by foreign officials trying to score political points. The dispute puts at risk a key market in RIM’s growing international business, but backing down could undermine a reputation for tight security that has made BlackBerry the default choice for corporations and governments around the world.
Mr. Lazaridis wouldn’t comment on the details of negotiations with individual countries, but believes he can head off threats to ban the devices. The company, he said, is holding discussions with the regulatory authorities of various governments in an attempt to persuade them that the Internet requires secure communications and get them to back off of their demands that they be allowed to monitor its customers’ traffic.
“We have dealt with this before,” Mr. Lazaridis said. “This will get resolved. And it will get resolved if there is a chance for rational discussion.”
Read the full story on the Wall Street Journal
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