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ITIF Statement on Restrictions of Blackberry Smart Phone Use

Following reports that India, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates plan to restrict the use of BlackBerry smart phones, ITIF President Robert D. Atkinson made the following statement:

"The recent activity by governments to regulate RIM's services reflects the challenges that many IT businesses face operating in a global economy. While businesses should be good corporate citizens and respect civil liberties, ultimately every nation must determine for itself where it draws the line for appropriate levels of free speech, government access to information, privacy, and other rights. Balancing government's interest in accessing information for national security purposes and the interests