The standoff isn’t over yet, but there seems to be movement in the right direction with Research in Motion (RIM), the BlackBerry maker, talking to Saudi mobile firms while testing a trio of servers which will be used to send communications and data through Saudi Arabia before Canada in order to address Riyadh’s concerns over security – this piece of information comes from a Saudi official earlier today. When pressed by security authorities, the Saudi telecom regulator gave the kingdom’s trio of mobile carriers until Monday in order to fulfill unspecified requirements before it will really go ahead and shut down the BlackBerry’s Messenger service.
This ban, originally meant to be enforced on Friday, would have affected around 700,000 users in the kingdom. Monday’s not too far off, and this tight deadline would definitely be a challenge to meet. Neighbor Kuwait is also discussing with RIM concerning security and moral concerns, especially about access for its nationals to pornographic sites. The use of local servers will enable Saudi authorities to better access to messages that have been handled exclusively through servers in Canada and the United Kingdom. A happy ending does seem to be in sight, don’t you think so?
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