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By 11 August 2010 | Categories: news

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After a tumultuous week in which several Middle East countries including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates threatened to ban internet usage, email and BlackBerry Messenger on BlackBerry devices in the region, the smartphone’s holding company Research in Motion (RIM) has finally relented. 

 
The basis for the dispute originated upon the fact that countries in which BlackBerry devices operate are unable to monitor the information sent using these smartphone before the data is rerouted to a RIM server in the United Kingdom. According to Saudi Arabian authorities this may pose a security threat with regards to criminal and terrorist activity in future. 
 
Although RIM announced last week that it would not pander to the requirements of states that wished to access its technical backbone, the company has now come forward and announced that it will allow authorities to monitor encrypted messages on its networks. 
 
In exchange, the Saudi Arabian government has confirmed that it will not impose a ban on BlackBerry’s popular BlackBerry messaging service; to the relief of some 700 000 BlackBerry owners in the region.

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