In an article titled, “Two Gulf states to ban some Blackberry functions,”
The BBC reports,
“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.
Both nations are unhappy that they are unable to monitor such communications via the handsets.”
Apparently the decision comes amidst “”judicial, social and national security concerns” by the UAE’s telecom regulator TRA. This is because Blackberry handsets automatically send the encrypted data to computer servers outside of the two countries. The countries are hoping that Blackberry’s Canadian owner, Research in Motion (RIM), will hand over user’s communication data “when needed.”
I don’t see this going down well with the 500,000 Blackberry users in the UAE, and te 400,000 users in Saudi Arabia. This is going to cause a LOT of problems for a LOT of people..