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RIM is expected to work with the UAE government to alleviate all concerns related to BlackBerry security risks

The Research In Motion BlackBerry line of smartphones reportedly now poses a security risk due to misuse, and now could pose a national security risk, government regulators in the United Arab Emirates said over the weekend.

In a pubic statement released by the UAE government, the BlackBerry reportedly operated "beyond the jurisdiction of national legislation."  

The government was relatively scarce on specifics, but it appears there is concern related to the use of BlackBerry's encrypted networks and doesn't comply with the country's 2007 safety, emergency and national security legislation.           

"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 Telecommunications Regulatory Authority noted in a statement.

It's unclear if RIM plans to change how information is exported -- and whether or not BlackBerry data use will continue to be taken offshore -- but a resolution is expected quickly.  It’d be surprising to hear RIM isn’t working with the UAE government to try to resolve all of their concerns, especially as the UAE enterprise and consumer mobile phone use continue to grow.

This is yet another problem RIM has faced working in the Gulf region, after Bahrain relayed concerns of censorship related to the Blackberry Messenger.  

Companies based in North America and Europe are familiar with western business practices, but still struggle to conform with some governments.  RIM is currently preparing an app and ISP service in China, and must adhere to strict Chinese guidelines regarding censorship.

RIM still currently holds the No. 2 position in the global smartphone market, with the company still trailing Nokia.  Apple remains in the No. 3 position, but is currently making up ground on RIM and Nokia, recent analyst studies suggest.

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"pubic" comment
By MrDiSante on 7/26/2010 9:42:37 AM , Rating: 4
Seriously guys, do you EVER proofread?

RE: "pubic" comment
By AstroCreep on 7/26/2010 11:32:13 AM , Rating: 2
It certainly makes for a more entertaining read.

RE: "pubic" comment
By chaos386 on 7/26/2010 1:12:13 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe if we require them to preview their articles before they post, they won't have mistakes anymore? :p

RE: "pubic" comment
By cjohnson2136 on 7/27/2010 12:11:22 PM , Rating: 2
I honestly didn't even catch the typo I just read it as public

Why don't you
By Shatbot on 7/26/10, Rating: 0
RE: Why don't you
By raabscuttle on 7/26/2010 11:48:38 AM , Rating: 2
I'm sure you're kidding since Safari is considered be security experts as an extremely unsecure browser. and what this article is making reference to is people in the UAE getting uncensored news.

RE: Why don't you
By cjohnson2136 on 7/27/2010 12:12:31 PM , Rating: 2
How does Safari have anything to do this this article since it is about security issues with a Blackberry

security risk for the gov
By nafhan on 7/26/2010 10:10:36 AM , Rating: 2
Based on this, it sounds like the security risk is that people using the phones might have access to things the UAE government would rather they don't have access to thus compromising their security, rather than an actual "security" risk as a western user would see it (i.e. someone took my data).

RE: security risk for the gov
By cjohnson2136 on 7/27/2010 12:14:39 PM , Rating: 2
That's exactlly what this is. It reminds me of the Google/China issue. Censored information that the UAE wants is getting leaked out through Blackberries WAY TO GO RIM, EDUCATE THE UAE

By dreddly on 7/26/2010 9:16:50 AM , Rating: 2
Security concerns of Arab nations should not be a priority of western companies...

This seems like another 'we want to be able to access everyone's info whenever we deem a crisis and undermine privacy through the back end', which should be rebuffed by RIM...

By Cache on 7/26/2010 9:59:01 AM , Rating: 2
The UAE is probably upset that someone can see a woman's face if you go online via the phone.

RE: Meh.
By headbox on 7/26/10, Rating: 0
By Eugenics on 7/26/2010 10:14:10 AM , Rating: 2
In a pubic statement

Nice one!

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