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Pakistan Now Asking RIM for “Memogate” Information

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If you have been following the news you may have heard that RIM has been pulled into the “memogate” scandal in Pakistan. The Pakistani commission investigating a memo that was supposedly sent to the US government requesting “direct intervention from the US in combating the (Pakistani) military, which it claimed was plotting to bring down the civilian apparatus.” according to Information-Age. RIM has supposedly refused to offer this information (via HindustanTimes) for some reason though they usually do provide it if there is a lawful request through the court systems. Supposedly RIM is saying that they “do not provide such data to a third party” and “does not store some of the data that was being sought by the commission such as SMS messages and email.

What makes this even more interesting is that some tech companies and Symantec are claiming that a previously leaked memo suggesting the Indian government was given access to BlackBerry, Nokia, and Apple systems was fake. There is no real proof either way but this does all boil back down to what RIM has been saying over and over and repeated to the Guardian:

RIM told the Guardian that it has stuck to its core principles. "RIM maintains a consistent global standard for lawful access requirements that does not include special deals for specific countries," a spokesman said, adding that it makes no changes to the security architecture for BlackBerry Enterprise Server customers.

"Contrary to any rumours, the security architecture is the same around the world and RIM truly has no ability to provide its customers’ encryption keys. Also driving RIM’s position is the fact that strong encryption is a fundamental commercial requirement for any country to attract and maintain international business anyway and similarly strong encryption is currently used pervasively in traditional VPNs on both wired and wireless networks in order to protect corporate and government communications."

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