UAE seeks to reduce BlackBerry ‘threat’ to security

By Reuters
Posted July 26, 2010 at 8:11 a.m.

The BlackBerry, made by Canada’s Research In Motion, is open to misuse that poses security risks to the United Arab Emirates, which said it would seek to safeguard its consumers and laws.

Gulf state Bahrain in April warned against the use of BlackBerry Messenger software to distribute local news, drawing criticism from media freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders, which called it an act of censorship.

That sparked concerns that other Gulf countries might also consider curbing the use of certain applications on the BlackBerry, which holds around 20 percent of the global smartphone market behind Nokia but ahead of Apple.

BlackBerry was operating “beyond the jurisdiction of national legislation,” the UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority said in a statement issued Sunday.

“As a result of how BlackBerry data is managed and stored, in their current form, certain BlackBerry applications allow people to misuse the service, causing serious social, judicial and national security repercussions.”

The UAE was working to resolve “these critical issues with the objective of finding a solution that safeguards our consumers and operates within the boundaries of UAE law.”

This month, RIM said it was preparing to launch an applications store and consumer Internet services in China as part of its push into the world’s top mobile market.

A long-running censorship dispute between Beijing and Google Inc. was recently resolved. Google had said it might be forced to abandon the Chinese market because of hacking attacks and censorship concerns.

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One comment:

  1. jim katsiamakis Aug. 2, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    so for years RIM has done their best to keep our conversations BBM on there celfones as private as a letter dropped into a mailbox … the way it should be … right ???

    suddenly governments decided we no longer have that privacy…

    is some angry drunk fat redheaded commi pig going to start openning our letters at the post office to read our private conversations…is that next?

    is that freedom …

    if the government fears its citizens in such a way they need to read our correspondence …
    it is because they know they are sticking their heads way too far up our ***** and fear retaliation…

    people have a right to express their veiws amongst their peers as they please
    you cannot control what people think you morons …