BlackBerry not target of UAE policy change, says RIM

Any future regulations to apply to all smartphones, not just BlackBerry

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BlackBerry not target of UAE policy change, says RIM Any changes to TRA policy will be applied to all smartphones in future.
By  Joanne Bladd Published  April 17, 2011

Research In Motion, the Canadian maker of BlackBerry devices, says it has been told that any new restrictions imposed by UAE authorities will apply to other smartphones too.

"RIM has been in direct contact with the UAE regulator," the company said in a statement Sunday. "Any potential policy...would be an industry-wide policy, not specific to BlackBerry."

The statement follows reports the UAE may restrict access to the highly secure Blackberry Enterprise Server, a system used by many international firms active in the Gulf state.

The BlackBerry device has been the subject of numerous threatened suspensions across the world, as governments seek to access its encrypted email and messaging devices.

The UAE last year threatened to suspend BlackBerry services, after authorities said the encryption technology didn't comply with national security laws allowing access to data traffic.

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority said Saturday that BlackBerry smartphone services would remain available in the country, including messenger, email and browsing.

The agency said that any confusion over regulations would be clarified with local operators du and Etisalat this week.

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