Two Gulf states to ban some Blackberry functions

Two Gulf states have announced bans on some functions of the Blackberry mobile phone, claiming security concerns.The United Arab Emirates is to block sending emails, accessing the internet, and delivering instant messages to other Blackberry handsets.Saudi Arabia is to prevent the use of the Blackberry to Blackberry instant messaging service.To read this BBC News report in full, see:
www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-10830485Also see:U.A.E. Is to Bar BlackBerry E-Mail Over Security Issues
The United Arab Emirates, citing security concerns, said Sunday that it would suspend BlackBerry mobile services like e-mail and text messaging beginning in October, the latest high-stakes clash between governments and communications providers over the flow of digital information.The Emirates have been in a long dispute with Research In Motion, the smartphone’s producer, over the BlackBerry’s highly encrypted data system, which offers security to users but makes it more difficult for governments to monitor communications.
www.nytimes.com/2010/08/02/business/global/02berry.htmlUAE to block BlackBerry web features
The United Arab Emirates is to block key features on BlackBerry smartphones because of national security concerns.The move could prevent thousands of users from accessing email and the internet on the handsets starting in October, putting the federation’s reputation as a business-friendly commercial and tourism hub at risk.
www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/aug/01/united-arab-emirates-blackberry-blockUAE to ban BlackBerry services, Saudi follows suit [AP]
The United Arab Emirates outlined plans Sunday to block BlackBerry e-mail, messaging and Web browsing services in a crackdown that could jeopardize efforts to establish the country as an international business hub.The government cited a potential security threat because encrypted data sent on the devices is moved abroad, where it cannot be monitored for illegal activity. But the decision – quickly followed by a similar move in Saudi Arabia – raises questions about whether the conservative Gulf nations are trying to further control content they deem politically or morally objectionable.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/01/AR2010080100311.html
www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/08/01/technology/AP-ML-Emirates-BlackBerry.htmlBlackBerry users in UAE, Saudi may have services cut
More than a million BlackBerry users may have key services in Saudi Arabia and the UAE cut off after authorities stepped up demands on smartphone maker Research In Motion for access to encrypted messages sent over the device.BlackBerry’s Messenger application has spread rapidly in the Gulf Arab region but because the data is encrypted and sent to offshore servers, it cannot be tracked locally.
uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE6700CU20100801
in.reuters.com/article/idINIndia-50549720100801BlackBerry service to be suspended by UAE [IDG]
Some BlackBerry services will be suspended in the United Arab Emirates from Oct. 11 because the services do not fall in line with the country’s regulations, the UAE telecommunications regulator said on Sunday.”BlackBerry data is immediately exported offshore, where it is managed by a foreign, commercial organization,” the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the UAE said in a statement that was published on its website website. “Blackberry data services are currently the only data services operating in the U.A.E. where this is the case,” it added.
www.computerworld.com/s/article/9179978/BlackBerry_service_to_be_suspended_by_UAE

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