RIM CEO In Response to Recent BlackBerry Ban: “If They Can’t Deal With The Internet, They Should Shut it Off”

August 5, 2010, By Radimir Bobev

Michael Lazaridis, co-CEO of RIM, just made a public comment in regards to the recent banning of the company’s BlackBerry in several locations (the most recent of which being Saudi Arabia, as we informed you just recently). According to him, the governments of these nations are so bent on controlling the flow of communications traffic that they’re willing to go through such extreme lengths, while also masking their intentions behind false claims of national security concerns.

Lazaridis stated that the problem isn’t about the BlackBerries in particular, but goes on to a bit larger scale and covers the entire Internet. He drew comparisons to the way everything is encrypted nowadays in Internet connections, so it’s pretty senseless for governments to accuse BlackBerry of having too strong of a security in their devices, hindering monitoring operations.

We can’t help but agree with the guy – even though governments are free to regulate this activity as they see fit, it’s really kind of senseless to deny one device in a sea of communications security.

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