Obama says he's not allowed iPhone for 'security reasons'

WASHINGTON Wed Dec 4, 2013 9:22pm EST

U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while speaking at the White House Youth Summit on the Affordable Care Act in Washington December 4, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while speaking at the White House Youth Summit on the Affordable Care Act in Washington December 4, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The troubled mobile phone maker BlackBerry still has at least one very loyal customer: U.S. President Barack Obama.

At a meeting with youth on Wednesday to promote his landmark healthcare law, Obama said he is not allowed to have Apple's smart phone, the iPhone, for "security reasons," though he still uses Apple's tablet computer, the iPad.

Apple was one of several tech companies that may have allowed the National Security Agency (NSA) direct access to servers containing customer data, according to revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The companies deny the allegation.

Obama fought to keep his BlackBerry after coming to the White House in 2009, though he said only 10 people have his personal email address. Neither George W. Bush nor Bill Clinton used email during their presidencies.

BlackBerry, a Canadian company formerly known as Research In Motion Ltd, virtually invented the idea of on-the-go email, but lost its market stranglehold as rivals brought out more consumer-friendly devices, like Apple's iPhone and phones using Google's Android software.

The company recently halted plans to be sold and is trying to chart a new course by focusing on large business and government clients.

(Reporting by Anna Yukhananov; Editing by Paul Simao)

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Comments (6)
unionwv wrote:
“(Blackberry) recently halted plans to be sold and is trying to chart a new course by focusing on large business and government clients.”

No doubt future Blackberry operating system will include prohibitions on tracking. The power wielders can track us ordinary peons, but the powerful are insulated from us.

Dec 05, 2013 7:51am EST  --  Report as abuse
TheNewWorld wrote:
All Blackberry traffic goes through their servers in Canada. Oddly enough the government trusts them and not the NSA…

Dec 05, 2013 9:23am EST  --  Report as abuse
avocadotree wrote:
Most people don’t use iphones anyway. no big deal. Anyone can get a Blackberry. or Android, the main cellphone system.

Dec 05, 2013 10:20am EST  --  Report as abuse
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