Saudi Arabia Regulators Request Access to BlackBerry Messenger

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RIM have issued a statement recently to Arab News saying that they are investigating reports in the local press that Saudi regulators have asked for access to BlackBerry Messenger for security concerns. Reports last week said the Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has asked RIM to allow the telecommunications regulator access to monitor messages sent by BlackBerry Messenger. It will be interesting to see how RIM responds to this as they move towards doing business in China. If a precedence is set, allowing government organizations access to BlackBerry email and services, companies and individuals alike will be concerned.

  • Andrew

    I'm very concerned and I hope that RIM holds firm against such a request.

  • sarmisak

    We have the same type of commission in here Turkey, and I would also be concerned in this situation. I do not believe in cencorship, and this is a major action against private life.

  • Abdulrahman

    Hi everyone,
    I just wanted to say that, when it comes to those 3rd world countries, as the western centric people call them, it considered a censorship to look for any national threats actions on a western product. But when it comes to body scanners in the airports, and landline phone tapping, it is called national security and war on terrorism in USA. I am confused and I wish that whoever is hiding behind the stage and moving these media puppets be ashamed of him/here self(ves) and acknowledge that people are not as naive as they used to be.

  • sarmisak

    We have the same type of commission in here Turkey, and I would also be concerned in this situation. I do not believe in censorship, and this is a major action against private life.

  • Abdulrahman

    Hi everyone,
    I just wanted to say that, when it comes to those 3rd world countries, as the western centric people call them, it considered a censorship to look for any national threats actions on a western product. But when it comes to body scanners in the airports, and landline phone tapping, it is called national security and war on terrorism in USA. I am confused and I wish that whoever is hiding behind the stage and moving these media puppets be ashamed of him/here self(ves) and acknowledge that people are not as naive as they used to be.

  • fixordernix

    Now the whole world knows what a hell hole Middle East is… especially Saudi Arabia… most of them are uneducated morons who's trying to take control of their own stupidity while hiding in their religous beliefs.