Canada’s rallying the Mounties and sending over spokespeople to chat to Saudia Arabia and the United Arab Emirates over the ban of one of its most important exports beside maple syrup and hockey, RIM’s Blackberry.
While we still don’t know what the ruddy problem is, countries worldwide have been umming and ahhing over security problems in the smartphone. RIM completely denies any security gaffe on its part and has publicly said that the problem lies in internet encryption, not in the Blackberry device, and if countries have a problem they should go ahead and shut down their internet – not ban the phone.
Shares have been dropping and the ban is looming – stock has fallen roughly 9 pecent in value since the UAE opened its trap, reports Reuters. Trade minister Peter Van Loan, who has the perfect name for setting up a rent-a-car business, said the issue could lead to “broader implications.”
He said: “Canada has been working closely with the officials at Research In Motion as well as with governments on the ground to assist them in dealing with these challenges.”
Currently the concerns are having a domino affect – with Kuwait, Egypt and India all weighing in on Blackberry.
The US has now pledged to support its meek Northern Neighbour, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – who is campaigning for internet access as a basic human right – saying: “We are taking time to consult and analyse the full range of interests and issues at stake because we know that there is a legitimate security concern, but there’s also a legitimate right of free use and access. So, I think we will be pursuing both technical and expert discussions as we go forward.”
State Department spokesman in the US P J Crowley has said to reporters, reports NDTV, that the US is “reaching out to those countries – the UAE, Saudi Arabia, India and others – to understand the security concerns and see if we can work collaboratively to find solutions.”
“So that’s a process that is ongoing here at the Department of State,” he continued, “I’ve got no announcements to make at this point,” he announced.