ITWorld Canada - Saudi deal won't affect Canadian BlackBerry users


(10-Aug-10) BlackBerry users in Canada and the U.S. needn’t worry about Research in Motion Ltd.’s negotiations with countries like Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, India and Lebanon affecting the security of their devices, analysts say.

“It’s highly unlikely there will be any significant changes if you are a Canadian or American business user of the BlackBerry traveling to any of the countries that are in negotiations with the company,” said Kevin Restivo, senior analyst at IDC Canada Ltd.

Corporate security is a major selling point for the BlackBerry, he said. “I would say it’s highly unlikely, if not impossible, for RIM to compromise on anything with regards to encryption of e-mail, messages or revealing messages that are encrypted,” he said.

And while reports say RIM has reached an agreement with the Saudia Arabia, RIM and the government “have essentially said very little,” Restivo pointed out. There have been no confirmations of any kind of agreement and “nothing has been announced or revealed formally,” he said.

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