Posted by: sci-tech.chic on Aug 10, 2011
Reuters has reported that a UK MP has asked for BBM to be suspended because London rioters used the messaging service to organise riots.
This isn’t the first time that RIM has landed itself into hot water with governments either. Reuters also stated that both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have criticised the BlackBerry maker for allowing unrelated men and women to communicate. In India, BBM was slated because militant allegedly used the service to organise attacks.
What remains to be seen is how RIM will respond to this pressure from the UK.
The report states that RIM agreed to hand over user information to Saudi authorities.
It’s not the first time that user details have been handed over to government authorities: Yahoo notoriously handed over the details of a dissident Chinese blogger, who was imprisoned.
In an age of unrest and the integration of social media into our daily lives, privacy issues become a matter of life and death.
So while Facebook has deactivated the accounts of inmates in California, we have to ask the question: Where do we draw the line on personal privacy and where do we allow States to intervene on these platforms?