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BlackBerrys granted UAE reprieve

BlackBerrys granted UAE reprieve

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has backed down from its threat to bar the use of BlackBerry phones, amid concerns that they pose a threat to national security.

Authorities had threatened to impose a blanket ban on Research in Motion’s (RIM) messaging focussed handsets on September 11th, on the grounds that BlackBerry’s advanced encryption technology could shield terrorists.

The fact that RIM stores data from its phones abroad was also deemed to be unacceptable, since it heavily restricts government access.

However, the state’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has today confirmed that it is waiving the ban threat on the grounds that the handsets now comply with its strictures, following negotiations with RIM.

The TRA’s statement read: "All Blackberry services in the UAE will continue to operate as normal and no suspension of service will occur on October 11, 2010".

Some 500,000 UAE residents own BlackBerry phones.

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