BlackBerry may lose its government exclusivity in the UK

BlackBerry may lose its government exclusivity in the UK
RIM has been having a pretty bad year, and it looks like it's about to get even worse. Until now, BlackBerry has been enjoying an exclusive run as the only smartphone allowed for government use in the UK, but that may be about to change.

It seems that right now, BlackBerry is the only smartphone platform with impact level 3 (IL3) accreditation, which means it is certified to handle sensitive information while working for the government. This has made BlackBerry the default platform for any government employees in the UK. But, the new Government Protective Marking System (GPMS) aims to change that by making the IL1 through IL3 categories loosely classified together as Tier 1 (T1), which would allow more smartphone platforms to be allowed. 

BlackBerry still has great security features, but it has been in a steady decline for a while, and has taken a solid dive in market share over the last year. No one is sure what to expect from BB 10, whenever that launches, so it's not much of a surprise that governments have started opening up to alternative platforms. 

source: Computer Weekly via WMPU

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12 Comments

1. wendygarett unregistered

Uh oH !!! They will gonna give all the governer iPhone instead Just like Yahoo

7. MeoCao unregistered

I gave you a thumb down despite a new beautiful logo :))

2. Ravail

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 14, 2011

I hope blackberry rebounds.. There my 2nd favorite OS :(

4. meowcenary

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Unfortunately they (RIM) have not kept up with the times. Resting on ones laurels can be deadly at times.

11. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

You hear that, Apple???

3. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

iPhone is better than blackberry, blackberry is a piece of crap

5. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

BB stil has the best security of all the O/Ss but Ihear the US gov has it's own version of android that is even better but only avalable to high ranking military officers

6. Seannyc

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 21, 2012

Admit it or not but Blackberry is over. Stock prices will tell u that.

8. MeoCao unregistered

The Government must adopt Android to save taxpayers' money.

9. 12Danny123

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 18, 2012

not really just android. more like Wp8, IOS and android instead. more better choices. well Wp8 is more for the FBI and enterprise level which is obvious. IOS and android for enterprise level best options IOS Android Wp8 I'm not bias of any platform at all. so don't mistake me as a troll please ;-)

10. jack1059

Posts: 72; Member since: Mar 31, 2012

Being in steady decline and losing market share has nothing to do with security features required by governments. I'd like to see more on how other platforms have raised their security features, or as is suggested here, that the UK govt has lowered bar.

12. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

i dont really need why they will change? coz of ecosystem? for goodness sake.... they are government officials they dont need to play angry birds while on work!!! they need the best security has to offer and BB never failed that!!! BB will be the best in terms of security while dealing government business... they can have iPhone, android or Windows Phones as there personal use but as business phone, BB FTW!!! i dont really get why they need to change phone just for business? why because BB is out iPhone/android/WP is in?! STUPID!!!! YOU ARE DOING GOVERNMENT BUSINESS NOT PLAYING AROUND WITH ANGRY BIRDS, TEMPLE RUN AND TAKING PHOTOS AND SHARE IT TO THE WORLD WITH INSTAGRAM!!!

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