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RIM Reprieve

9:35 AM -- BlackBerry has managed to avoid a ban on its BlackBerry service in Saudi Arabia that the telecom regulator threatened to enforce as of last Friday, reports Reuters.

The telecom regulator in Saudi Arabia has said that it has decided to allow BlackBerry services to continue because of the efforts RIM has made to meet the regulatory requirements. The country has around 700,000 BlackBerry users.

While RIM may have put out the fire for now in Saudi Arabia, the company has not seen the end of clashes with governments over national security concerns that are rooted in their inability to get access to data on RIM's secured network. RIM still faces a potential ban in the United Arab Emirates starting in October, for example. (See BlackBerry Jam in UAE and RIM to Comply in India .)

According to Badii Kechiche, Pyramid Research 's senior analyst for Africa and the Middle East, this security issue could be damaging for RIM if it spreads more widely across the region, and the BlackBerry maker will need to reconsider its security strategy.

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

Michelle Donegan 12/5/2012 | 4:27:17 PM
re: RIM Reprieve

RIM's security issues are spreading beyond the Middle East: A German ministry has said that people working in government departments should avoid using BlackBerry's as well as iPhones, for that matter, because they pose security risks. Instead, government officials should use a phone called Simko 2, developed by Deutsche Telekom's T-Systems. 


http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-08-09/german-ministry-cautions-officials-against-using-blackberrys-iphones.html


 


 

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:27:16 PM
re: RIM Reprieve

> So the definition of secure is that the government can tap into your communication but not the average hacker?


I think that's how most governments like to define it...


yarn 12/5/2012 | 4:27:16 PM
re: RIM Reprieve

So the definition of secure is that the government can tap into your communication but not the average hacker?

Michelle Donegan 12/5/2012 | 4:27:15 PM
re: RIM Reprieve

And that's pretty much the gist of the problems that RIM is running into in some countries.


 

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