ABU DHABI, UAE - The United Arab Emirates stated through government officials that BlackBerry devices operate beyond the jurisdiction of national laws, owing to their ability to transmit data outside the borders instantly.
This is compounded by the method that RIM, “a foreign commercial organization”, manages the data. Apparently, some countries wish to have more control over their citizens’ data transmissions than others. Naturally, use of BlackBerry devices by nefarious entities is a concern for just about every security organization in the world, and that concern has to be balanced with the personal freedoms of individual law abiding citizens and commercial organizations. A difficult problem to solve without impinging on civil rights, or providing a security level that chokes personal liberty or commerce.
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority voiced fears that BlackBerry devices and RIM manage 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.
Making matters slightly worse, BlackBerry smartphones in the UAE were infected with spyware during an OS rollout. RIM provided instructions on how to rid the user’s device of the spyware, leaving a bit of uncertainty in the minds of the users.
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