BlackBerry Security Concerns: E-mail, Web Browsing and Messaging

It is has been recently announced that with national security concerns, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be banning e-mail, web browsing and messaging of the BlackBerry smartphone. At the moment the UAE are in talks with Research In Motion (RIM) Canadian based makers of the device.

Ben Parr at Mashable has reported, that this recent news is based on certain BlackBerry service users acting without any legal accountability, causing judicial, social and national-security concerns according to the government. In simplified terms, this means that the way in which RIM handles the BlackBerry encrypted data, and the way in which it is distributed to other nations including Saudi Arabia and India cannot be monitored if a breech of security is found. RIM are reluctant to set up a proxy server within the UAE. With so much emphasis being put on issues such as crime and terrorism, the need to monitor this is crucial, therefore the UAE would have to rely on RIM to hand over the data.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE only form a small percentage of RIM’s BlackBerry market, and now with India opposing the way in which RIM handles its data, this also could have catalyst consequences.

What do you think about this story, do you think the UAE have made the right decision to ban BlackBerry messaging service? To read more about this check out Mashable