UK government says BlackBerry 10 not safe for secure communication

BlackBerry 10

The UK government’s electronics clearance unit Communications-Electronics Security Group (CESG) has determined that BlackBerry’s BlackBerry 10 operating system is not safe for secure communications. The platform didn’t give the needs of the UK government’s security requirements for sharing data.

The Guardian has reported that the BlackBerry Balance, software which is designed to separate work and personal accounts on the device, prevents the sharing of data between them has failed to pass security clearance. But at this time, it’s not yet clear exactly what exactly failed in the tests carried out by the UK government.

BlackBerry stated that “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 UK government.”

Last year, before unveiling the Blackberry 10 operating system, some analysts had claimed that the upcoming operating system will have an unfamiliar user interface, a lack of compatible technology, and few software applications. So it’s hard to say how many of those users will still be there when BB10 is finally launched.

You can note that Blackberry’s previous operating system, Blackberry OS 7.1 was approved by the US and UK governments for varying levels of restricted data.

Source: The Guardian

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