Voice Of America News
07 August 2010
Officials in Saudi Arabia say the country has reached an agreement with
BlackBerry, avoiding a permanent ban on the smartphone's messaging
The officials spoke Saturday on the condition of anonymity because they
were not authorized to talk to the media.
They said the deal calls for the smartphone maker to install computer
servers inside Saudi Arabia. Saudi officials would then be able to
access the servers and monitor messages in order to maintain security.
The officials said BlackBerry is in the process of installing and
testing the new servers.
Saudi Arabia announced it would suspend messenger services Friday
because the maker of the devices has failed to meet Riyadh's demands for
access to encrypted information.
News organizations said BlackBerry users in Saudi Arabia reported
temporary interruptions in service, but that many were still able to
access the messenger service Friday in spite of the threatened ban.
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