* Balsillie says access demands part of normal business
* Says all carriers have to comply with local laws
* Says performance in emerging markets growing very fast
By Matt Cowan
BARCELONA, Spain Feb 14 BlackBerry maker Research in Motion
RIM.TO is not alone in facing demands from governments for access to its data
services, and it is just a normal part of the business, co-chief executive Jim
RIM has attracted attention over the past year for disputes with a number of
countries in the Gulf Arab region and most recently in India, as governments
seek to monitor its encrypted email and messaging services for security reasons.
"This is just part of the business," Balsillie told Reuters Insider in an
interview at the Mobile World Congress fair in Barcelona on Monday.
"Every carrier in the world is subject to their domestic laws of local
access, and you have to make sure you comply with those," he said. "Quite
frankly, every other tech and telecom company does it around the world."
RIM has increasingly focused on growing its business in emerging economies
as its grip on corporate customers loosens in the face of challenges from more
consumer-oriented device makers such as Apple (AAPL.O).
"Our performance in those markets continues to grow, and grow very, very
fast," he said.
(Writing by Georgina Prodhan; Editing by Will Waterman)
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