BlackBerry Poses Threat to UAE

I came across this article and decided to share it with you. With RIM being a leader among the top selling  smartphones in the world, Thier platform is being used worldwide by millions. We see more and more subscribers in different countries using a BlackBerry to get business done, so clearly there are many benefits from it. Dubai United Arab Emirates however, have vastly different views concerning BlackBerry, made by Canada’s Research In Motion. Guess what the #1 threat to them is? … BBM! 

‘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 (RSF) which called it an act of censorship.’ According to them, BlackBerry operates “beyond the jurisdiction of national legislation”, the UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority said in a statement issued on Sunday.

 They also claim that certain BlackBerry applications allow people to  services, causing serious social, judicial and national security repercussions.  To me, this is another ‘free speech’ and censorship issue involving  an agenda ridden country. Unlike countries who support free media and social networking, Dubai United Arab Emirates see it is a threat. Having a BlackBerry is a great tool to use to help spread media, so how would you feel if it got taken away from you? If you live in a country in which this is not an issue, are you a little more appeciative? I know I am! Despite certain regulations here in our country, ‘free speech’ is a given, most of the time.


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 DUBAI, UAE: The BlackBerry, made by Canada’s Research In Motion, is open to misuse that poses security risks to the United Arab Emirates, which said on Sunday 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 (RSF) 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 on 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.”

Earlier 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 only recently resolved. Google had said it might be forced to abandon the Chinese market because of hacking attacks and censorship concerns.

-Reuters

 BlackBerry Poses Threat to UAE
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 BlackBerry Poses Threat to UAE

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  1. mandi author says

    This is stupid! its no worse then any other instant messenger. These people don't need to be on a leash

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