Saudi Arabia to continue allowing BlackBerry service

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia's telecommunications regulator on Tuesday said it would allow BlackBerry services to continue in the kingdom, citing "positive developments" with the device's Canadian manufacturer.
The Communications and Information Technology Commission's announcement staved off, at least temporarily, a potential ban of Research in Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry Messenger service in the country, a step which officials had said was possible because of national security concerns.
The announcement by Saudi authorities, which came shortly after officials in the United Arab Emirates announced the device would be banned starting in October, was read by many analysts as a reflection of the conservative governments' concerns over an inability to access user data.