Saudi Arabia has taken its official line on RIM’s Crackberry: it’s going to ban all services to businesses or individuals this Saturday, the 7th of August.
Saudi’s Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC) said that the RIM device does not comply with Saudi regulations – but it is still not telling the world what those regulations are. Perhaps RIM execs have not been drinking the appropriate breast milk.
A year ago, says Saudi Arabia, it warned the three service providers that they need to work with RIM to make sure the unnamed requirements had been fulfilled. However the CITC says none of the regulatory requirements had been met and has given the providers STC, Mobily and Zain a three month grace period to sort things out. That ends on Saturday.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reports RIM said that it is not able to give any specific government preferential or special treatment. It said: “Any claims that we provide, or have ever provided, something unique to the government of any one country that we have not offered to the governments of all countries, are unfounded.”
RIM told TechEye: “RIM operates in over 175 countries today and provides a security architecture that is widely accepted by security conscious customers and governments around the world. RIM respects both the regulatory requirements of government and the security and privacy needs of corporations and consumers.
“RIM does not disclose confidential regulatory discussions that take place with any government, however RIM assures its customers that it is committed to continue delivering highly secure and innovative products that satisfy the needs of both customers and governments.”
Unfortunately it appears we may never know what Saudi Arabia’s beef is with BlackBerry, however the Kuwaiti government has just said that it is increasingly concerned by the availability of pornography on BlackBerry devices.