RIM: End BlackBerry Ban In United Arab Emirates

We reported back in August, on the possibility of the United Arab Emirates being banned from using BlackBerry handsets. This came down to possible breeches in security. But today, news has been announced that Research in Motion (RIM) will end the ban that was to take place on Monday. This falls in line with BlackBerry services working together with the UAE telecommunications.

As well as the UAE, Saudi Arabia and India all had their doubts as to how BlackBerry’s data would be used in a secure manner. The data is currently encrypted which can then be sent overseas. The three nations were concerned that because the data was not monitored, it could fall into the wrong hands. It is difficult to say why the ban has now ended? When Christina Warren at Mashable reported on this, it may be down to RIM giving the UAE an “encryption key” giving limited access to BlackBerry data being transferred through BIS and BES systems.

Or did the UAE have to weigh up the pros and cons of businesses not being able to offer the BlackBerry device. In the long run, it could have had a detrimental effect on companies and it’s workers. Good news for the UAE BlackBerry subscribers.

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