A preliminary agreement amidst the maker of the popular BlackBerry smart phone and the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which government officials say grants them some access to users’ goods, will avert a ban on the phone in that country.
The pact involves placing a BlackBerry server inside Saudi Arabia, Saudi telecom regulatory officials said, and that likely will let the government monitor messages and allay official fears the service could be used for criminal plans.
Bandar al-Mohammed, an official
Even though RIM encrypts e-mails, the deal would open messages to Saudi surveillance, said Bruce Schneier, an author and chief protection technology officer at British telecommunications operator BT.
RIM could be setting a worldwide precedent for how technology companies and governments get [...]
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