It’s interesting to see the sort of issues RIM comes across as its product finds itself in various countries around the world. Arab countries in particular have some pretty strict concerns about security and recently, government officials have commented saying that BlackBerrys operate “beyond the jurisdiction” of national laws because they immediately send data abroad to be “managed by a foreign, commercial organization.”
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority voiced fears that the BlackBerry manages data in a way that could allow it to be misused. “As a result of how Blackberry data is managed and stored, in their current form, certain Blackberry applications allow people to misuse the service, causing serious social, judicial and national security repercussions,” the regulator said in a statement carried on the state news agency late Sunday.
Not too long ago, BlackBerrys in the UAE were infected with spyware installed in an OS update. The software was confirmed as spyware and RIM instructed users how they can remove it. It seems RIM is going to have to come up with some way to quell concerns of the BlackBerry network not being secure enough for Arab regions in order to continue their expansion globally.