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Mike Lazaridis on BlackBerry Ban: “If they can’t deal with the Internet, they should shut it off”

beheading I am really loving these recent quotes from RIM’s co-CEOs. First we had both of them responding to Apple and its Antennagate accusations. Now the Wall Street Journal has Mike Lazaridis on record with some AWESOME quotes about the BlackBerry bans that we are hearing about in the middle east.

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.

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.

Although Mr. Lazaridis said RIM wouldn’t compromise the security of its products, he acknowledged the company would have to cooperate with authorities if handed a court order to do a lawful intercept of a person’s communications. "I would give them the encrypted stream," he said. "It would have to be like a wiretap."

And for my favorite!


"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet," he said. "A lot of these people don’t have Ph.Ds, and they don’t have a degree in computer science."

Check out the full details at the Wall Street Journal. via BBRocks

5 total comments on this postSubmit your comment!
  1. The press, as usual, has done an extremely poor job in reporting on this issue. These governments aren’t asking for anything unusual. All they’re are asking for is that they be allowed the same level of access to encrypted BB communication as the U.S. governement.

  2. As far as I have seen no government has access to the encrypted BES communications. Just like they don’t have access to SSL communications. There is a reason for encryption… Companies don’t want other individuals to read private communications. Just like they are not allowed to read your regular mail without a warrant.

  3. Comments like the PHD one certainly don’t sound like they are coming from a businessman trying to broker a deal to ensure his customers don’t get cut off from their products. I doubt the lack of technical smarts is the problem with these countries.

  4. I belief this is just a matter lack of understanding towards the technology. This people don’t even understand how blackberry works and yet want to ban it.

  5. Right. And its only BES. BIS is already not encrypted between RIM and the device, unless the carrier encrypts their data streams.

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