Government Sticks With BlackBerry Regardless of Outages

By Sam Gibbs on at

Despite being cut off from email, BlackBerry Messenger and the internet for several days, the UK government is sticking with RIM.

BlackBerrys remain the government's device of choice for transporting valuable information. Various versions of the smartphone have been cleared for use up to the 'restricted' level (IL3); that means that if you're in government, you're more or less stuck with a BlackBerry whether you want it or not -- no iPhones or Android devices for you.

The last outages didn't cause any "significant impact on the workings of the public sector," according to a GCHQ spokesperson. If not having working BlackBerrys for three days didn't cause any issues, why do they have them in the first place? I smell a cost saving here. [Guardian]