Who cares if Big Brother is watching?

The Etisalat spy scandal won’t make you give up your BlackBerrys, says Andrew White.

3637 days ago
Doug

SR - there's a world of difference between a government agency designed to protect people intercepting messages unobtrusively, and a private company forcing you to install a piece of software so they can directly monitor everything you do - and then outright lying about it.

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3637 days ago
SR

All communications are monitored. From email, phone conversations, SMS. The Middle East is the subject of the focus of the surveillance, through what is called Deep Packet Inspection with regard to the Internet. All phone communications, including fibre-optics (they're duplicated through a process called splitting). Not to worry this has been going on since telegrams were invented and read before handing over to the party they were meant for. Everything you say, everything you write is filtered for keywords on a constant basis. So why there is such an uproar about Etisalat adding surveillance, when warrantless eavesdropping is commonplace in the West. It's the norm.

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3647 days ago
P.M.

i dont know this article belongs to which kind of press but definitly not a respectable one like arabian business, this is nonsense, this journalist knows nothing about press or may be he thinks he is writing to a bunch of idiots...

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3647 days ago
SCC

Actually Andrew you may be surprised. I have just turned in 16 company Blackberries never to return again. Cell phones and abundant wifi spots cover the necessities of 99% of life-both business & personal. Pretending otherwise is arrogance in the extreme

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3647 days ago
dinu philip

A.W., did you run out of topics to write about that you put out a pointless nonsensical gibberish of nothing that made sense to no-one ?? As much as you write well, i think the summer heat got to you, dont waste our time here with such idiotic reports coz we are not, lemme repeat, NOT fools !!! Want some topics - write about retail outlets cashing in on farce sales, middle income employees and their non stop woes (schools, rents, loans), diplomatic missions with no missions, unfinished roads in Sharjah thats still causing havoc etc..

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3647 days ago
Wiley Dozis

The issue here is not the technology, but the abuse. Given that emails and phone calls have been monitored extra-judicially around the world (and quite legitimately in the Gulf!) for years, the only people screaming about their Bilgeberrys are people that never had a have a clue that this is the way of the world. Etisalat still deserve a slap for making such a mess of the implementation though, and they should refund people who may have gone and bought new batteries.

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3647 days ago
Charles

I'm not sure and crackberry addicts will be reading this article on their blackberry, as one can't access this website or the articles via one of their devices......perhaps if we are deemed so loyal to our devices, arabian business may want to evolve this next step?

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3648 days ago
Youssef Halazon

This article has really no point! It seems Andrew was short on time and had to write an article about Etisalat and came up with this in two minutes! The article goes no where, unless he wants to argue that we should just shut up and not complain when our privacy is invaded! Great point to make from a responsible journalist!

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3648 days ago
hisham

and this is helpful - how?

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3648 days ago
Karim Fastak

So what's the point of this article? If there is a monopoly you can do whatever you want? So your point is that we are the stupid addicted ones for keeping to use our phones? Shouldn't you actually discuss how Etisalat is abusing its position, and although there is no direct effect on existing people living in the UAE as we don't really have a choice, there is a negative indirect effect on how the UAE is viewed by businesses and the outside world? We don't need more negative news and behavior in this country... on the contrary decisions should be carefully taken and thought of to bring back the positive sentiment and re-start the expats wanting to come to Dubai as we all want it to emerge stronger than ever!

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