Previously we reported that BlackBerry Messenger would not be shutdown in the UK. RIM squashed this hoax that had many people worried. However, David Lammy, Member of Parliament for Tottenham, is making it clear he believes BBM should be suspended.
“This is one of the reasons why unsophisticated criminals are outfoxing an otherwise sophisticated police force,” he tweeted. “BBM is different as it is encrypted and police can’t access it.”
Many of the rioters in the UK are using BBM over Twitter and other social networks. It is harder for police to target the rioters, as BBM messages are encrypted and not easily accessible. RIM has said they would aid the London police, but did not specify if they’d supply the police with BBM chat logs, and other private information. Protest against RIM has already started with its official BlackBerry blog getting hacked.
Do you think BBM should be suspended in the UK? If BBM was suspended, do you think it would help stop the riots? How do you feel about RIM aiding the police in targeting the rioters? Let us know in the comments.