UAE, Saudi Arabia Look to Ban Some BlackBerry Services

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News Posted: Sun, Aug 1 2010 11:24 PM
Both the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia are set to ban some functions of BlackBerry devices used in their countries. At issue is the inability of both countries to easily monitor data traveling via various features on the phone.

BlackBerry data, unlike that of most phones, is both encrypts its data and routes it through an overseas data center, in this case, RIM's network center in Canada. The UAE says that because of this, it will block emails, Internet access, and instant messaging to other Blackberry handsets.

Negotiations with the UAE fell apart when the suggestion of a proxy server in the UAE was rejected by RIM. The UAE ban is set to begin in October. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has ordered telecommunications firms to block BlackBerry instant messaging services later this month.

In both cases, the nations said it was necessary for security and anti-terrorism purposes. Additionally, it was said that by failing to resolve the issues, RIM was in non-compliance with local laws.

Recently, India has made similar statements about BlackBerry services, and wants the same sort of proxy server setup that UAE had requested.
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acarzt replied on Mon, Aug 2 2010 12:25 AM

lol... RIM clearly does not trust these countries to manage a proxy server of their own lol

The fact that data is encrypted and then transmitted to Canada and then BACK to UAE would cause some SERIOUS latency issues. Man... there would be nothing instant about that type of messaging.

Can you imagine if voice calls were handled in the same way? Talk about a huge delay.

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Well they have no problem when they buy boxes upon boxes of celphones and spread them throughout the region to support and evil means they see fit?!

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Who cares about the delay, they just want their blackberry! :D but now with the main features taken away... What's the point

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So, basically, when President Obama makes a state visit to the United Arab Emirates, he isn't able to connect with his Blackberry?

That must be why he takes so long to reply to my emails.


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acarzt replied on Mon, Aug 2 2010 4:12 PM

How long have you been waiting now clem? 2 years? lol

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15 minu... oh, wait, there it is.


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