RIM to hand over BlackBerry codes in KSA - Reuters

Reuters reports that RIM has offered access codes for BlackBerry devices to Saudi interior ministry and intelligence agencies

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RIM to hand over BlackBerry codes in KSA - Reuters Reuters reports that sources say that RIM has agreed to hand over access codes to BlackBerry devices. (Getty Images)
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  August 11, 2010

Research in Motion has agreed to hand over access codes to give Saudi authorities access to individual BlackBerry devices, according to a report from Reuters.

Saudi Arabia was due to ban the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service on Friday, but the Communications and Information Telecommunications Commission (CITC), gave operators until Monday to test servers based with each of the three operators in the country that offers BlackBerry services.

Reuters now cites a source familiar with the talks between the CITC, RIM and the operators as saying that the idea of setting up a server at each of the three local service providers has proved impractical, and that in place RIM has agreed to offer Saudi Arabia's interior ministry and intelligence services the codes to all Saudi BlackBerry users.

The CITC was not available for comment, while RIM referred to an earlier statement that "RIM cooperates with all governments with a consistent standard".

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