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Gulf States to impose Blackberry ban

The Gulf States are ganging up on the Blackberry, as the device's security means that it can't be intercepted by Government agencies keen to keep and eye on what their subjects are talking about.

Yesterday Saudi Arabia followed the UAE's lead in banning the device, claiming that the fact that data is exported offshore means communications could prove a security threat.

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the UAE said in a statement on its web site, that the ban would begin on October 11th.

"In their current form, certain Blackberry services allow users to act without any legal accountability, causing judicial, social and national security concerns," the regulator said.

According to the Wall Street Journal RIM recently refused to set up a proxy server in the UAE precipitating the government action against the device.

India is also currently threatening to ban the handsets unless its snoops get access to a server located somewhere in the sub-continent rather in somewhere annoyingly remote, like Canada.

Blackberry users in the UAE will be able to use their devices for some limited services after the October deadline.

The action is estimated to affect around a million Crackberry addicts.