United Arab Emirates And Saudi Arabia Banning Blackberry Usage

from the can't-be-monitored dept

Ash Crill alerts us to the news that the United Arab Emirates has announced plans to ban the use of Blackberries, and that Saudi Arabia has announced its intention to do the same. The issue is one we’ve seen before. The way the Blackberry works is all the data is encrypted and sent through RIM’s servers. This pisses off governments who want to spy on the data. RIM, in the past, has noted that it has no way of spying on the email, even if some governments claim to have figured it out anyway (a claim that seems somewhat dubious as that same government later demanded RIM break the encrytpion again). It appears that a lot of folks in the UAE are quite upset about this — especially as parts of the UAE (Dubai in particular) have spent the last decade plus trying to present themselves as an ideal place for foreign business activity.

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ltlw0lf (profile) says:

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Realize that the ban is on text, email, and web, but I think a follow on question is why would you purchase a Blackberry if you could only use it as a phone? After all, if you cannot text, email, or web from a smartphone, is it really a smartphone, and why would anyone spend the ridiculous prices (full disclosure: the only way you are going to get my crackberry is if you pry it from my cold, dead hands,) to by a Blackberry if they can only use it to make phone calls. I’m sure most of us would go back to using a free flip phone if all we could have was phone calls.

Anonymous Coward says:

The paradox of security

The same cryptography used to protect against evildoers also protects against governments — because the math has no way of knowing if an attacker is an evildoer, the government, or an evildoer who has infiltrated the government.

By banning strong cryptography which can protect against a government, they are also banning the strong cryptography which can protect against criminals.

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