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Canadian cops cry for BlackBerry wiretap

Canadian cops cry for BlackBerry wiretap
Canadian cops cry for BlackBerry wiretap 

By Dan Goodin in San Francisco
The Register
25th March 2009

Comment - It has recently dawned on Canadian officials that 
communications sent with the BlackBerry are among the hardest mobile 
messages to eavesdrop on. But rather than congratulate the Waterloo, 
Ontario-based Research in Motion on a job well done, they're calling for 
laws that would force service providers to use only technology that can 
be tapped.

Police and politicians in Canada call the BlackBerry the device of 
choice for criminals and law enforcement, according to the CBC. That's 
largely thanks to the BlackBerry Enterprise Server, which encrypts data 
and secures network connections. Layer on top of that some additional 
encryption software - which is easy to do on the Blackberry - and you've 
got something close to military grade security, the news service says.

Enter liberal member of parliament Marlene Jennings, who tells the news 
service that cracking the BlackBerry and other devices that use strong 
encryption is essential for law enforcement to do its job.

"Law enforcement needs it, Canadians need it. It's an essential tool for 
the battle against crime," she says.


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