Kuwait likely to follow UAE, Saudi BlackBerry ban

Officials are considering blocking services in interests of national security - local papers.

PHONE BAN: Kuwait wants to host a central server in the country to enable it to monitor messages. (Getty Images)

PHONE BAN: Kuwait wants to host a central server in the country to enable it to monitor messages. (Getty Images)

Kuwait officials are likely to follow Saudi Arabia and the UAE with a ban on certain BlackBerry services, local Arab media has reported.

According to a report in Al Rai newspaper, the country’s Interior Ministry raised the possibility of a block on services due to security concerns last month.

The newspaper said officials had written to BlackBerry makers Research In Motion (RIM) asking them for a central server located in Kuwait to allow data to be monitored, but as yet had received no response.

Meanwhile, sources told Alem Al Yam newspaper: "Kuwait is looking at the option in line with the UAE and Saudi Arabia's decisions in order to ensure that the services are not used by terrorists who could communicate away from any form of control.”

RIM has agreed to allow Indian security agencies to monitor its BlackBerry services after pressure from governments worried about national security. This follows a similar move to allow Chinese officials access to monitor messages sent on the devices.

Related:
Topics
Companies
Join the Discussion

Disclaimer:The view expressed here by our readers are not necessarily shared by Arabian Business, its employees, sponsors or its advertisers.

NOTE: Comments posted on arabianbusiness.com may be printed in the magazine Arabian Business

Please post responsibly. Commenter Rules

  • No comments yet, be the first!

All comments are subject to approval before appearing

Further reading

Features & Analysis
Kuwait's anti-austerity lawmakers threaten reform plans

Kuwait's anti-austerity lawmakers threaten reform plans

New lawmakers say they are determined to protect basic services...

Banking on reforms in Kuwait

Banking on reforms in Kuwait

As Kuwait stares down its first deficit in 20 years, the Gulf...

The Gulf's sovereign dilemma

The Gulf's sovereign dilemma

With oil prices still faltering around their lowest level in...

Most Discussed
  • 17
    Countdown to VAT: are Gulf businesses ready?

    I feel with VAT in place from 2018, retailers, SMEs will figure out ways of Tax-evasion as it happens in most of the developing economies unless authorities... more

    Tuesday, 14 February 2017 1:10 PM - Diya Pardasani
  • 15
    Dubai likely to lose 'shopper's paradise' status: S&P

    It's no longer a shoppers paradise. Maybe for the ignorant few but with the availability of the internet to compare prices worldwide one doesn't need to... more

    Monday, 20 February 2017 1:25 PM - Syed
  • 10
    Dubai real estate: which way will it go?

    well the mortgage rates are going to go up even more as the US will increase rates so the central bank here will also have to increase proportionately... more

    Wednesday, 15 February 2017 1:28 PM - Bill
sponsoredTracking