Sep 072011
 September 7, 2011  Business, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Bill Ray reports:

South Africa has joined the call for access to the BlackBerry Messaging service, quoting the usual security concerns and pointing out that the UK plans much the same thing.

BBM, the BlackBerry messaging service, has become the medium of choice for the discerning ne’er-do-well, which is strange considering it is a good deal less secure than the email offered by the same handset. But the instant nature of messaging appeals to everyone, prompting the new action from the South Africans:

“There is evidence that criminals are now using BBM to plan and execute crime,” the deputy comms minister told his audience at a London conference on African telecommunications: “We want to review BBM like in the UK and Saudi Arabia.”

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