Why Your BlackBerry Isn’t Made in China
Most phones are made in China. But not RIM’s BlackBerry. Look at the flip side and most people will see that it says “Made in Mexico.”
Some users may already know, but RIM has purposely avoided having its products manufactured in China because of security concerns. Thorsten Hein, CEO of RIM, was quoted as saying:
His comments are the latest to highlight growing concern in the United States and elsewhere about the security of the globalised electronics supply chain, and especially about possible back doors or Trojan horses in Chinese-made mobile phones or telecommunications components.
The problem about security and data monitoring isn’t just in China.
In Indonesia, RIM also faced pressure from the Indonesian government in September last year. One of the demands was to have RIM “censor/filter negative internet content that violates Indonesia’s law, such as porn, gambling, and hate speech as it goes across its network.”
The Canadian company didn’t go along with the order. It did, however, announce its intention to set up a R&D center in Indonesia.
We haven’t heard any updates on the filter requests for some time, and it seems RIM’s status in the country is still safe. At least for now.
Via: Washington Times