RIM Isn’t Folding In Dispute With UAE [UPDATED]

If anyone was wondering what RIM’s response to the UAE and Saudi Arabia banning Blackberry services in whole or in part was going to be, here’s what the Globe And Mail printed this afternoon:

“While RIM does not disclose confidential regulatory discussions that take place with any government, RIM assures its customers that it is committed to delivering highly secure and innovative products that satisfy the needs of both customers and governments,” the Canadian tech company said in a statement.

I think that translates to “we’re not going to back down.” So it looks like we’re into one of those staring contests. The question is, who’s going to blink first. My guess is that it will be the UAE as the US State Department is piling on the pressure:

The United States said it was disappointed and that the Gulf nation was setting a dangerous precedent in limiting freedom of information.

“We are committed to promoting the free flow of information,” said State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley. “We think it’s integral to an innovative economy.”

Over to you UAE.

UPDATE: The Wall Street Journal has more:

The BlackBerry network is designed “to exclude the capability for RIM or any third party to read encrypted information under any circumstances,” RIM’s statement said. Moreover, the location of BlackBerry’s servers doesn’t matter, the company said, because the data on them can’t be deciphered without a decryption key.

“RIM assures customers that it will not compromise the integrity and security of the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution,” the statement said.

I guess that UAE Blackberry users are going to have to go through withdrawal unless the UAE backs down.

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