United Arab Emirates suspending Blackberry service

Do you live in the United Arab Emirates? Don’t expect web service for awhile.

The United Arab Emirates will ban the web operations of more than half a million BlackBerry users until security issues are addressed. BlackBerry Messenger, BlackBerry E-mail and BlackBerry web-browsing services in the UAE will be suspended as of October 11.

BlackBerry data is immediately exported off-shore, where it is managed by a foreign, commercial organization. BlackBerry data services are currently the only data services operating in the UAE where this is the case.

“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,” said the Emirates News Agency

While the ban is set for October 11, officials would like the problem to be worked out before then. Research in Motion (RIMM), the makers of Blackberry, have not commented yet.

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Posted on August 2, 2010, in Biz Tech, Global Biz and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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