TRA to ban Blackberry services from October

UAE’s telecoms regulator confirms plan to ban Blackberry services, citing security issues

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3218 days ago
Arabian

UAE publicly admits they want access to the users data , messages , emails and any type of electronic communication
they are not after granting the privacy of the user they are after the user him\herself m typical Arab government way of thinking
everything is a threat to government !!!

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3218 days ago
vish

I am not sure why TRA is rushing on its decision without warning any user community. They need to factor business impact of organisation who rely on BB services.

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3219 days ago
Khawar Nehal

There are ways in which the snooping could be done without the issues of RIM.
The emails can also be snooped upon if required.
A system can be developed in which TRA gets the control however a tighter monitoring policy needs to be developed which maintains the secrecy within TRA.
Many of the businesses would trust the UAE gov over a gov like USA's FBI, CIA or NSA.
Due to the popularity of the movies which brand USA's monitoring as insecure.

Send ideas on what needs to be done and maybe some solution can be hacked out. Not the media hack.

Regards,

Khawar.Nehal@gmail.com

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3219 days ago
Amr

I applaud the brave decision by TRA.
I assume users will use a compliant system and will not forfeit the value of their units.

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3219 days ago
Expat

@Rob - its both, actually when you say Control its tantamount to Security, if there is no security there is no control and vice-versa.

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3220 days ago
Maen

Right decision

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3220 days ago
brian Edited by ITP.net

well here we go again another cracking decision by the UAE what kind of information can go from a blackberry that you cant send from a computer. I am the director of a company that employes 40 people here in Dubai and we have just purchased all our staff with blackberry hand helds we completed the deal 2 days ago at etisalait. no one told us of the ban that may come into place. How many other companies have blackberrys in the Uae how many people run a buisness from a blackberyy i just cant see the point in banning the device has there been a study on the information that can be passed or is it just another case where the tra have decided that they dont making enough monie from their services. This decision to ban this service is seriously going to damage the UAE and its pertential to be a buisness leader in the world i am amazed that they are even considering this decision. what next will all phone calls be baned next as we may pass information via telephone. Great move TRA you are putting the UAE back into the desert with decisions like this.

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3220 days ago
g

i agree with rob, how about asking the consumer? totally booooo

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3220 days ago
Anonymous

berries anyone?

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3220 days ago
Mike

Which company would want the goverment snooping on their emails? - they may as well hang out a sign "Don't run your business from here"

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