UAE telecom body raises issue of BlackBerry misuse

Certain BlackBerry applications allow people to misuse the service, causing serious social, judicial and national security repercussions, the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority said.

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    The BlackBerry is the only device operating in the UAE that immediately exports its data off-shore. Image Credit: AP
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    BlackBerry was introdued in the UAE in 2006. Image Credit: Gulf News Archive
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Abu Dhabi: The Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) has said BlackBerry operates beyond the jurisdiction of national legislation, as it is the only device operating in the UAE that immediately exports its data off-shore and is managed by a foreign, commercial organisation.

A statement from the TRA said the introduction of BlackBerry in the UAE in 2006 pre-dates the 2007 introduction of the UAE’s Safety, Emergency and National Security legislation, which regulates BlackBerry applications in the UAE.

It added that as a result of the way BlackBerry data is managed and stored in its current form, certain BlackBerry applications allow people to misuse the service, causing serious social, judicial and national security repercussions.

The statement also said: "Like many other countries, we have been working for a long time to resolve these critical issues, with the objective of finding a solution that safeguards our consumers and operates within the boundaries of UAE law."
 

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  • Jeymer Hareo

    26-Jul-2010 14:29

    Why not just turn off the 'Blackberry' service in the UAE and watch the number of road accidents drop significantly. To pay more than AED2,000 for a mobile phone is obscene and waiting until you get back home or back to your office to get your e-mails is hardly an inconvenience. Let's get some sense of realism back into our lives and stop being ruled by technology. Have you ever seen a Blackberry user's reaction when they have a problem with their service and have to wait a few minutes to get their mail or messages?

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Why not just turn off the 'Blackberry' service in the UAE and watch the number of road accidents drop significantly. To pay more than AED2,000 for a mobile phone is obscene and waiting until you get back home or back to your office to get your e-mails is hardly an inconvenience. Let's get some sense of realism back into our lives and stop being ruled by technology. Have you ever seen a Blackberry user's reaction when they have a problem with their service and have to wait a few minutes to get their mail or messages?

Jeymer Hareo

26 July 2010 15:08 jump to comments