Following the concern voiced by David Cameron, UK Prime Minister and Theresa May, the Home Secretary, RIM has issued a new statement regarding the use of BBM and the English rioters. Here it is:
“Further to the statements made on the 11th August by the British Prime Minister and Home Secretary, we welcome the opportunity for consultation together with other companies in the technology and telecommunication industry. RIM continues to comply with both UK privacy laws as well as the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA), which are of course the same laws that apply to other technology and telecommunications companies in the UK."
Concern is mounting as to how the UK will fair over the weekend, as reports flood in that many of the 16,000 police officers who have been working 18 hour days this week to bring some calm to London streets, are exhausted. Many ordinary weekend revelers will be heading back out to celebrate the weekend and meet with their friends but the fear, worry and tension of renewed riots is beginning to take hold.
The latest news from Sky News reports that the 68 year old man who tried to extinguish bins set alight by rioters earlier this week and was then set upon, has died in hospital. Calls from many to RIM to cut the BBM service is gaining momentum. The statement that RIM have put out is trying to limit the negative publicity that they have been exposed to. It has been reported that many of the UK rioters had been communicating via BBM to avoid the police during their rioting campaign. Obviously RIM want to distance themselves from that but as their BBM service is reportedly very secure with users contacting each other via PIN, it looks like their efficient system has come back to haunt them.
Twitter, Facebook and many other social networks were also used by rioters to communicate and the police are sifting through those in order to find evidence to arrest any obvious criminals. The RIM website was hacked earlier this week when they issued a statement saying they would cooperate with the police and give any information they can supply regarding obvious rioting activity.
Looks like it’s a case of ‘watch this space’ as the tension builds.