Blackberry deemed not safe enough by UK govt

20/03/2013

Blackberry Deemed Not Safe Enough By UK Govt

The latest software to be released by mobile phone company Blackberry, the BB10, has been rejected by the British government because it isn't safe enough to store essential work.

The decision is a notable blow for Blackberry as it had hoped to bring itself back into the mobile phone market, after a year of substantial losses, by targeting governments. Its predecessor, version 7.1, was accepted by the UK's Communications-Electronics Security Group (CESG) in December last year.

The premise behind BB10 was that business and personal accounts would be stored separately in the hope that this would prevent any merging of data between the two. Blackberry has confirmed that the latest operating system has not been passed by the CESG but couldn't offer a date when they would be submitting improved software.

Losing the government market could cost Blackberry millions of pounds and lead to a loss of subscribers, even if mobile phone rivals fail to fill the gap. The NHS and government are two of its biggest clients in the UK with thousands of users.

The Z10 is already available to buy in the UK for around £499 and goes on sale in American stores on Friday and .

Posted by Peter Robinson

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