2 Aug 2010

Saudi Arabia, UAE to ban some Blackberry functions

9:54 am on 2 August 2010

Two Gulf states have announced bans on some functions of the Blackberry mobile phone amid concerns about national security.

The United Arab Emirates is to block sending emails, accessing the internet, and delivering instant messages to other Blackberry handsets from October, the BBC reports.

Saudi Arabia will this month prevent the use of the Blackberry to Blackberry instant messaging service.

Both nations are unhappy that they are unable to monitor such communications via the handsets, because the encrypted data is sent to computer servers outside the two countries.