By Dan Worth
11 Aug 2010
RIM has agreed to provide authorities in Saudi Arabia with security
codes that will enable them to read encrypted text messages on the
BlackBerry Messenger service.
A Reuters report cited an unnamed source present at the ongoing
discussions between RIM and the Saudi authorities as the basis for the
claims, which represent an about-face by the BlackBerry maker.
RIM had offered to install a server in Saudi Arabia through which all
traffic would be sent, allowing the authorities to monitor the
However, the report claims that this has proved unworkable, and that
codes will be handed over to allow the monitoring of all conversations
between BlackBerry Messenger users in the country.
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