1. crazy canuck's Avatar
    well RIM either handed over the BIS decryption key (not likely) or setup BIS infrastructure servers inside UAE (most likely) to poll gmail yahoo hotmail etc. and pipe the email to hard disk before encrypting and sending off to the RIM NOC for delivery.

    2 questions:

    1) how do UAE users feel about RIM handing over their email login info or their email messages to the UAE gov't.

    2) is there anyway with a RIM server or decryption keys in their possession the UAE gov't could widen their snooping beyond UAE to yours or my BIS email? e.g when I travel to UAE?

    I'm Verklempt...talk amongst yourselves.
    10-08-10 02:05 PM
  2. Reed McLay's Avatar
    3. None of the above.

    UAE settled for the standard deal all nations get, cooperation with law enforcement agencies while maintaining the integrity of the system.

    Should FBI Get Backdoor Access to Your E-Mail, Texts? - ABC News

    Should the Government Be Allowed to Read Your E-Mails?

    the FBI is asking for expansive authority to require that all Internet communications platforms, including web-based social media networks and end-to-end encrypted networks like Skype and RIM, build in some kind of a technical back door allowing law enforcement easy wiretapping access.

    There is a reason that U.S. government officials use Blackberries; the Blackberry enterprise service is more secure than alternatives. Do we really want to build in back doors to more secure services like Blackberry in order to facilitate FBI access to Blackberry communications when doing so will increases the vulnerability of the communications of U.S. officials' to foreign intelligence agencies?

    FBI surveillance is in the U.S. is already at record levels. In 2009, 2,376 federal and state wiretaps were conducted in criminal investigations, a figure that eclipses any other year. This amount electronic snooping exacts a huge toll on privacy. For example, last year each wiretap captured an average of 3,763 communications, of which a whopping 82 percent were non-incriminating, according to government records.

    When a few companies are required to hold the keys to millions of communications, the temptation to spy on people will be difficult to resist.
    The World is Watching

    Secretary of State Clinton's historic speech on 21st Century Statecraft elevated the Internet as a full-blown tool of diplomacy and human freedom. In taking the bold step to put Internet freedom squarely in the center of US foreign policy, U.S. policies have been put in the spotlight as well.

    Those efforts to bolster America's moral authority on Internet freedom are endangered or at very least, contradicted, by moves such as this current FBI proposal.
    Americans can ask the tough questions.

    10-08-10 02:48 PM