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BlackBerry phones deemed security risk by UAE

BlackBerry phones deemed security risk by UAE

Research in Motion (RIM) has come under fire from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the grounds that its BlackBerry range poses a significant threat to security for citizens and the nation as a whole.

The UAE is concerned that BlackBerry apps can result in "serious social, judicial and national security repercussions," according to a statement it published recently.

A local news agency controlled by the governing electoral college stated: "The introduction of Blackberry in the UAE in 2006 pre-dates the 2007 introduction of the UAE's Safety, Emergency and National Security legislation, which regulates Blackberry applications in the UAE."

The UAE is largely troubled by the fact that BlackBerry apps can transport user data to foreign servers and although it believes that this poses a threat to national security, it did not make clear precisely what negative consequences could be caused by such features.

Bahrain has already outlined a similar standpoint which has its roots in an instant messaging app which it says can be exploited to spread news and rumours.

The Gulf state has warned that it may impose prison time or fines on those who continue to use BlackBerry smartphones to chat in such a way.

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