Saudi Arabia’s Communication and Information Technology Commission wants access to monitor the messages in the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) network
The Arab News daily quoted the Al Watan newspaper as saying that Saudi Arabia’s Communication and Information Technology Commission wants to have access in order to monitor the messages in the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) network, threatening to shut down the service for noncompliance. Arab News added that the CITC was unavailable for comment over the weekend.
Meanwhile, BBM maker Research in Motion (RIM) on Friday said it is investigating reports in the Arab press that Saudi regulators have asked the company for access to its unique messaging service for its BlackBerry devices.
“RIM operates in more than 170 countries around the world and respects the regulatory requirements of governments,” the company said in a statement issued to Arab News. “RIM is investigating the reported matter in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and will provide an update once further information is available to share,” the statement added.
BBM or Blackberry Messenger is an instant messenger type of application that runs on Blackberry Smartphones and allows users to send text messages, voice notes and pictures to each other over their data plan.