Potential UAE BlackBerry ban due to espionage fears

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 3, 2010 22:10

 
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Worries about spying by the US and Israel spurred plans to sharply limit BlackBerry services in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai's police chief said on Friday in comments that suggest a tough line will be taken in talks with the smart phone maker.

The UAE has said that it will block BlackBerry e-mail, messaging and Web services Oct. 11 unless authorities can gain access to the encrypted data traffic — a demand by other countries warning of possible bans including India.

The proposed UAE action threatens BlackBerry service for an estimated 500,000 local subscribers and could tarnish the country's reputation as the Gulf's business and tourism hub with potentially millions of visitors left without key BlackBerry services.

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