Blackberry smartphones may put national security at risk.
Blackberry smartphones are dangerous business- well, at least that’s what the Telecommunications Regularity Authority (TRA) in the UAE thinks.
In a issued statement, the TRA said that since Blackberry operates beyond the jurisdiction of national legislation, it can be exploited by criminals and pose as a major national security risk. And there is little the government can do to stop them.
Blackberry servers are hosted in Canada rather than in the UAE, and since emails and message records are not under the government’s regulation, it would be difficult to obtain any information that may aid in a criminal investigation.
“Currently, BlackBerry operates beyond the jurisdiction of national legislation, since it is the only device operating in the UAE that immediately exports its data off-shore and is managed by a foreign, commercial organisation,” said a TRA statement released on Sunday.
“As a result of how BlackBerry data is managed and stored, in their current form, certain BlackBerry applications allow people to misuse the service, causing serious social, judicial and national security repercussions.”
‘‘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 customers and operates within the boundaries of UAE law,’’ the statement added.