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BlackBerry, UK government put kibosh on reports of BB10 security woes

Earlier reports that BlackBerry 10 was rejected for use by the UK government (opens in new tab) after failing security tests are inaccurate, the Government Communications Headquarter has said.

The GCHQ, which is the government department responsible for issuing clearances on communications security, has denied the earlier claims. The government clarified that BlackBerry's latest software has not yet been tested for security certification.

"Discussions with BlackBerry are ongoing about the use of the BlackBerry 10 platform in government. We have not yet performed an evaluation of the security of that platform, but we expect to be issuing Platform Guidance in the summer. This will cover a number of platforms including Blackberry 10 (and the use of 'Balance')," a government spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

"We have a long standing security partnership with BlackBerry and this gives us confidence that the BlackBerry 10 platform is likely to represent a viable solution for UK Government," the GCHQ added.

Previous versions of BlackBerry software, including the most recent update to 7.1, have been cleared for government use, and BlackBerry 10 is similarly expected to meet security requirements.

"Media reports alleging that BlackBerry 10 has been 'rejected' for U.K. government use are both false and misleading. BlackBerry has a long-established relationship with CESG and we remain the only mobile solution approved for use at 'Restricted' when configured in accordance with CESG guidelines. This level of approval only comes following a process which is rigorous and absolutely necessary given the highly confidential nature of the communications being transmitted," said a BlackBerry spokesperson.

"We are continuing to work closely with CESG on the approval of BlackBerry 10 and we're confident that BlackBerry 10 will only strengthen our position as the mobile solution of choice for the U.K. government," the firm said.