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RIM and the UAE Shake Hands and Avoid Banning of BlackBerry Services

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A couple months of wrangling between the United Arab Emirates and RIM over the overseas storage of BlackBerry data have come to a close today, with a ban on email and BBM being lifted. Hear the joyous clicks of BBMs!


The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority said that BlackBerry's data services "are now compliant with the UAE's telecommunications regulatory framework," however it's not known whether RIM obliged and agreed to housing a data center in the Emirates, as per the government's requests. Perhaps they handed the government security access?


Either way, this means that UAE residents' communication will now be monitored for potential security threats, and that other countries—such as India—will be hardening their stance in talks with the Canadian RIM. [WSJ]

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You know, it's stories like this that remind me how different the world is from the US. It also makes me glad I live here, even if I am always pissed about the government doing something stupid.

tl;dr - Sucks to be them.