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BlackBerry probes message monitoring claims

BlackBerry probes message monitoring claims

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) is investigating rumours that the Saudi regulator wants to keep tabs on messages sent on its range of email-focused smartphones.

It has been alleged that the Saudi Communication and Internet Technology Commission (CITC) has been in talks with RIM, with the intention of gaining administrative access to all communications sent via the BlackBerry Messenger service.

RIM has since released a statement revealing that although it "respects the regulatory requirements of governments" it is now "investigating the matter" and "will provide an update once further information is available to share".

The local Al-Watan newspaper was the source of speculation regarding the local regulator's intentions with regards to BlackBerry Messenger and for a time it was even suggested that the service would be cut off completely.

It is believed that the popularity of BlackBerry smartphones in the region is largely based on the messenger service, which allows the direct transmission of messages between individual mobiles.

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