O’Brien: The Internet’s secret back door

In an article in Slate Magazine, CPJ Internet Advocacy Coordinator Danny O’Brien writes about how Web users in the United Arab Emirates have more to worry about than having just their BlackBerries cracked. 

“The UAE continues to wrestle with Research in Motion over government access to BlackBerry messages, threatening to ban the company’s services if it doesn’t severely weaken the anti-snooping protections on its smartphones. But years before the RIM battle boiled over, other Western companies handed the country a far greater power: the capability to infiltrate the secure system used by most banking, mail, and financing sites, making the most protected data on the Web available to the prying eyes of the emirates’ government-connected telecommunications giant” writes O’Brien.

Please follow this link to read Danny O’Brien’s article in Slate.