If you have watched the news lately then there is a good chance that you have heard about the recent attempts by some countries in the Middle East to ban Blackberry phones inside of their borders.
There are several reasons why they have chosen to do so but the main reason breaks down to them wanting to be able to see data when they want to.
They feel as if criminals can use the phones and that the country itself will not be able to get the information to be able to bust them.
This is an interesting problem and you may be able to see both side’s position.
A problem like this really borders on user privacy issues.
The parent company of the Blackberry, RIM, has made overtures to try to settle the problem with the different countries in the dispute.
Some of the countries still have a problem with their policies but there is a larger question that still looms.
Is Your Privacy At Risk From Policies Such As This?
The countries that ask for this information are not the only countries that do so.
Most of the larger countries such as the USA and other major countries in Europe and Asia will also ask for this type of information as well and they do it not just for Blackberries – they do it for all types of electronic devices.
There is a fine line between the need for privacy and the fact that someone is able to request your private data at the mere thought that you may be doing something wrong.
The people who request this data are human too and they might not be acting in pure good faith when they request information like this.
This is why policies such as this need to be handled very delicately.
Privacy is such an important issue for each person that even if they don’t believe they have anything to hide, they will want to keep their information to themselves anyway.
How Can This Be Handled?
Before RIM or any other company is ready to hand over that type of information to a country they must make sure that whoever asks for the data goes through the proper channels.
This means that they follow the laws of each country who ask for it and not just hand it over because it has been requested.
It doesn’t matter if RIM does not like the local process of how the country decides to handle the data as long as it done by the letter of the law.
RIM is a very large company but even they are not able to change the culture or laws in a country.
Make sure that you do whatever you can to protect this information.
As we see in the RIM case it is the front line of the privacy war.