Saudi Arabia Blackberry ban

A ban on the use of Blackberry phones to send and receive messages is due to come into effect in Saudi Arabia.

The country is one of a number concerned that such communications are encrypted and can not be monitored.

The United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, India and Algeria have all announced or are contemplating bans on the popular Canadian-made handsets.

Untangling the BlackBerry ban

Blackberry ban in the Gulf states

Canadian officials are in talks with the Saudi government to help the makers of Blackberry avoid the ban.
Blackberry handsets, made by Research in Motion (RIM), automatically encrypt messages and send them to computer servers in Canada.
Concerned governments have said they want access to these messages and the keys to decrypt them to counter terrorism and criminal activity.
RIM has said the company’s products were “designed to preclude RIM, or any third party, from reading encrypted information under any circumstances since RIM does not store or have access to the encrypted data”.
“RIM cannot accommodate any request for a copy of a customer’s encryption key, since at no time does RIM, or any wireless network operator or any third party, ever possess a copy of the key.”
‘No accountability’
Canada was concerned with “the broader implications of the potential interruptions of services that are being contemplated by these countries… in terms of the importance of the free flow of communications and information,” said Canadian Trade Minister Peter Van Loan.

He said he was also concerned about the impact on business and trade.

“Canada has been working closely with the officials at Research In Motion as well as with governments on the ground to assist them in dealing with these challenges,” said.
The Canada-Saudi Arabia talks were making progress late on Thursday, the Reuters news agency said.
The US, too, has waded into the dispute, with officials saying they were hoping to broker a compromise between concerned governments and RIM.

“We are taking time to consult and analyse the full the range of interests and issues at stake, because we know that there is a legitimate security concern,” Mrs Clinton said.

“But there is also a legitimate right of free use and access.”

The United Arab Emirates Telecoms Regulatory Authority said in a statement to BBC News that Blackberry services were “currently the only data services operating in the UAE where data is immediately exported off-shore, where it is managed by a foreign, commercial organisation”.

“In their current form, certain Blackberry services allow users to act without any legal accountability, causing judicial, social and national security concerns for the UAE.”

The UAE has said it will block sending e-mails, accessing the internet, and delivering instant messages to other Blackberry handsets from 11 October.

Source by bbc.co.uk

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5 responses to this post.

  1. This have been worked initially but i think they are strong and may not be fruitful

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  2. Posted by Dilberto on August 6, 2010 at 7:26 am

    What in the hell is Saudi Arabia thinking?

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  3. “Canadian officials are in talks with the Saudi government to help the makers of Blackberry avoid the ban.”

    Hoping for best.

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  4. wow very nice i like it much

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  5. Posted by sumit bahl on August 6, 2010 at 7:35 am

    The United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, India and Algeria have all announced or are contemplating bans on the popular Canadian-made handsets.

    Reply

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