Friday, January 23, 2009


Obama to get spy-proof smartphone

  • Report: Security officials approve $3,350 smartphone for Barack Obama
  • Obama was an inveterate BlackBerry user during his campaign
  • Security concerns that e-mail could be hacked, or GPS used to locate president
  • Phone capable of encrypting voice conversations, handling classified documents

(CNN) -- Self-confessed BlackBerry addict President Barack Obama may not have to kick the thumbing habit after all, despite the concerns of a notoriously technophobic White House.

"The president has a BlackBerry," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday, clearing up weeks of speculation about whether President Obama would be able to hold on to a cherished method of communicating.

The decision to allow Obama to keep a smartphone is "a compromise that allows him to stay in touch with senior staff and a small group of personal friends," Gibbs told the media in his first press conference since the inauguration.

"Use will be limited and the security is enhanced to ensure his ability to communicate but to do so effectively," Gibbs also said. "And to do so in a way that is protected."

The press secretary refused to provide more details about the new president's device, already being called the "BarackBerry."

The Sectéra® Edge™ (video) smartphone converges secure wireless voice and data by combining the functionality of a wireless phone and PDA — all in one easy-to-use handheld device. Developed for the National Security Agency’s Secure Mobile Environment Portable Electronic Device (SME PED) program, the Sectéra Edge is certified to protect wireless voice communications classified Top Secret and below as well as access e-mail and websites classified Secret and below. The Sectéra Edge is the only SME PED that switches between an integrated classified and unclassified PDA with a single key press.


At 8:38 AM, Blogger Maggie said...

Well, to me, even our president is human and just another American, so why shouldn't he have a Blackberry? I can't see this being a problem unless someone hacks into it, which I could see people trying to do for a variety of reasons.
He's a young president and he's in tune with the changing ways of America, Blackberry or not, at least he knows how to use technology and isn't someone who would need help to send an email.


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