Saudi Arabia Hasn't Pulled the Plug on BlackBerry Yet


Saudi Arabia Hasn't Pulled the Plug on BlackBerry Yet

BlackBerry users in Saudi Arabia will be breathing a sigh of relief, with BlackBerry services remaining intact even after the forty-eight hour deadline passed by for Research in Motion (RIM). Admittedly, Saudi Arabia's Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) might be appeased with some of the proposals by RIM. Though no deatils have been revealed, sources have pointed to policies such as allowing the state to monitor or even gain access to the BlackBerry decryption codes.

Engadget - Saudi Arabia's Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) didn't specify what the aforementioned "development" was, but thanks to well-placed anonymous sources we can hazard a guess: "CITC will now be able to monitor communications via messaging services," one Saudi telecom official told the Wall Street Journal, and Reuters reports that RIM will hand over BlackBerry decryption codes to the country.

The final verdict hasn't been set, but more importantly, we'll be monitoring if this move will set a precedence for other countries to push for RIM to cooperate with state monitoring in the near future. Check out the full story over here.

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