BlackBerry Censored by UAE and Saudi Arabia

BlackBerry Censored by UAE and Saudi Arabia

BlackBerry will find some services blocked by the telecommunications authority in the United Arab Emirates beginning in October. Reportedly, the ban will affect BlackBerry e-mail, messaging, and web browsing (basically the whole reason for owning a BlackBerry), because the country’s authority and RIM couldn’t agree on the security and ways to monitor illegal activity. Regulators say they are concerned that BlackBerry services “allow users to act without any legal accountability, causing judicial, social and national security concerns.” And it appears as though Saudi Arabia agrees and will follow suit, blocking the same services in a similar time period. This move could hurt the business community in that region, but it’s unclear if this censorship will affect the 100,000 travelers who come in and out of the Dubai airport every day.

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