Note that, a user could be a government official, corporate user or an individual who uses Blackberry to protect his/her privacy. These users trusted that their data will  be carried and delivered securely to the other party. Blackberry should pay for breaching that trust3. Blackberry was given a choice between saying no based on ethical grounds (if not on technological) and money Рwe see which route Blackberry chose to go down.

Let this be a lesson to all who propose and trust sensitive data to be carried or stored by another party that makes claims of keeping the data private. Data privacy does not work unless you have the keys. Data privacy is questionable if you trust that mail man to make and hold onto your keys for your convenience and not turn into Curious George.

There is no shortcut to security – but backing up online, storage on the cloud etc are pretty tight and secure, right ? Ask yourself this – who has your keys ?

1Why that server cannot be Canada is not exactly clear but this might be a ploy to further confuse all of us into thinking that they have untainted systems in Canada and somehow rest of RIM operates in a scheme where everything is secure and RIM cannot give any access to anyone. Well only if we were all fools…

2On the other hand, it also shows how governments are getting lazy and/or incompetent at cracking encryption and want data in clear.

3But given the fact that most users do not care about privacy issues that are so central to our individual freedom, I do not know whether they would. I can tell you this – I have less trust in Blackberry and so should you.

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