Last Thursday BBC reported that U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to negotiate with United Arab of Emirates (UAE) in regards with the federation’s decision in banning certain BlackBerry services.
UAE proclaimed that the smartphone services could creates be a threat to the nation as government agencies are unable to supervise and monitor various communications, such as e-mails, instant messages or other encrypted communications due to BlackBerry’s programming.
Secretary Clinton said:
“We are taking time to consult and analyse the full the range of interests and issues at stake, because we know that there is a legitimate security concern. So I think we will be pursuing both technical and expert discussions as we go forward.”
However, UAE government claimed in a statement as respond to Clinton that Blackberry services were “currently the only data services operating in the UAE where data is immediately exported off-shore, where it is managed by a foreign, commercial organisation”.
Additionally, UAE Telecoms Regulatory Authority backed the statement and insisted that BlackBerry devices are the only mobile device that export data off-shore and their services let users act “without any legal accountability, causing judicial, social and national security concerns for the UAE.”
Moreover, Saudi Arabia are planning to implement a ban to BlackBerry-to-BlackBerry instant messaging starting on August 6, and Lebanon would also adopt or will make its own decision regarding this issue. The secretary of that state did not voice out on these plans. The BlackBerry ban in UAE will be on October 11.