RIM claims no deals over BlackBerry ban threats

Responding to the growing list of countries threatening to ban its handsets, Canadian BlackBerry maker RIM has issued a statement saying that it will not bow to pressure from specific countries.

The statement, which was posted earlier today, insists that the company will not be bullied into changing its working methods in order to assuage governments who don't like their citizens having secrets. But it will obey the laws of the land it finds itself in.

"RIM assures its customers that it genuinely tries to be as cooperative as possible with governments in the spirit of supporting legal and national security requirements, while also preserving the lawful needs of citizens and corporations," reads the missive.

The company say it has "drawn a firm line" by insisting that any capabilities it provides to carriers for 'lawful' access purposes be limited by its own principles and not those of politicians.

The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and India have all threatened to ban various parts of the smart phone's capabilities because RIM's encryption doesn't allow Government spooks to snoop on users.

RIM says that it has no ability to provide customer encryption keys and that "strong encryption is a fundamental commercial requirement for any country to attract and maintain international business".

The statement concludes: "RIM maintains a consistent global standard for lawful access requirements that does not include special deals for specific countries."