Blackberry users: RIM agrees to provide access to consumer messaging to the government:

It has given wireless carriers in the country the ability to intercept messages sent over its BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service and BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) if requested by the government. “The lawful access capability now available to RIM’s carrier partners meets the standard required by the government of India for all consumer messaging services offered in the Indian marketplace,” RIM said in a customer update.

Most countries have similar laws at this point; what matters are the details: How high an authority must approve a request? How easy or difficult is it for the government to request access?

My guess would be not very difficult. Not that anyone cares, but you just lost another bit of your freedom.

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Right about this moment, you should send a ‘F*ck you’ SMS to all your friends. The government is likely to read atleast one of them.

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