RIM holding conference call for customers, government officials to talk privacy

We’ve been alerted that a Research In Motion VP has sent out a letter to top business customers and government officials inviting them to join in a conference call bridge at 10:00 AM this morning. RIM is hosting this call to, “provide an update on media reports discussing RIM and governments who wish to monitor Blackberry services or have special access to our services.” It sounds like the folks up in Waterloo are either going to pull damage control or come out swinging their security sword. With Saudi Arabia, China, India, UAE, and most definitely more countries pushing for access to RIM’s data, what do you think RIM is going to do? Can they keep their system closed and still expect to operate in these countries?

UPDATE: Thank you to Sprat for bringing our attention to this general statement RIM released to address customer concerns yesterday.

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