Gulf states put the squeeze on BlackBerry

There were concerns tonight that other governments could suspend BlackBerry data services including email and web browsing after the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia announced plans for bans over the weekend, citing security issues.The move to suspend data services on the popular devices is the latest flare-up as governments in the Middle East and other countries including China, Turkey and Pakistan grapple with the free flow of information over the internet.To read this report in The Guardian in full, see:
www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/aug/02/blackberry-internet-middle-eastAlso see:RIM to allow India to monitor Blackberry services – report
Research in Motion has agreed to allow Indian security agencies to monitor its BlackBerry services, The Economic Times newspaper reported on Tuesday, after pressure from governments worried about national security.RIM has offered to share with Indian security agencies its technical codes for corporate email services, open up access to all consumer emails within 15 days and also develop tools in six to eight months to allow monitoring of chats, the paper said, citing internal government documents.
http://in.reuters.com/article/idINIndia-50581120100803How BlackBerry developed its mobile phone and networks
The decision of the United Arab Emirates to ban BlackBerry email, messenger and web browsing services goes to the heart of the way in which the handheld devices operate – itself a consequence of the mobile market in which they were born.When the first BlackBerry appeared, over a decade ago, mobile phone networks were far more basic than they are today. The most innovative service the majority of users had seen since mobile devices first appeared in the 1980s was the introduction of text messaging.
www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/aug/02/blackberry-mobile-phone-market-networkKuwait asks BlackBerry maker to block porn
Kuwait has asked BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) to block pornographic sites though will not suspend services like other Gulf states have threatened to do, a local newspaper reported Tuesday.RIM has given “initial approval” to block 3,000 porn sites at the request of Kuwait’s communications ministry, the al-Jarida daily said, quoting a source it did not identify by name.
uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE6720PV20100803

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