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    RIM refuses to share BlackBerry data between Haqqani and Ijaz
    Press Trust Of India
    January 16, 2012
    First Published: 18:59 IST(16/1/2012)
    Last Updated: 19:49 IST(16/1/2012)
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    BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) has rejected Pakistan's request for details of communications between former envoy Husain Haqqani and Mansoor Ijaz related to the memo scandal.

    Attorney General Anwar-ul-Haq informed a Supreme Court-appointed judicial commission, which is

    investigating the memo issue, that Canada-based RIM had refused to provide data of the communications between Ijaz and Haqqani.

    RIM had informed the Pakistan government that under its privacy policy, BlackBerry data could be released only if a request was made by customers who were involved in the communications, Haq said.

    RIM would not provide such data to a third party, he said. Besides, RIM had informed the government that it did not store some of the data that was being sought by the
    commission, such as SMS messages and emails, the panel was informed.

    The Attorney General further told the commission that authorities had been unable to find Haqqani's two BlackBerry sets at his former office and home in the US.

    Haqqani has said that he left the sets behind in the US when he returned to Pakistan last year.

    Haqqani was forced to quit after Ijaz made public the alleged memo that sought US help to stave off a feared military coup in Pakistan after the killing of Osama bin Laden in May last year.

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    mithrazor and kemj like this.
    01-16-12 12:45 PM
  2. JR A's Avatar
    Good for RIM in my opinion.

    But didnt RIM participate in providing information to authorities in the UK?
    01-16-12 04:15 PM
  3. Branta's Avatar
    Probably depends how the request is put to RIM - court order or equivalent, or an administrative request - and relevant legal jurisdictions. RIM in this case is probably constrained by the laws of Canada which might prohibit disclosure unless the request is made through the Canadian legal system (or the equivalent process in some other jurisdiction where the data may be held). Any disclosure would also be limited by what RIM had stored in its servers - which relate mainly to BIS accounts, with most BES records being held by the individual BES customer's servers. It is likely that Pakistan government officials (corrupt or otherwise) would be using a BES hosted device, and RIM will have very little useful data.

    In the case of the UK messages the data was almost certainly handled through RIM's EMEA servers hosted in UK, and the UK courts would have no problem approving the necessary paperwork. In fact... without the correct search or disclosure order any information recovered could be illegally obtained and inadmissible as evidence.
    01-16-12 04:28 PM