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RIM Security Conundrum : Torn Between Middle Eastern Countries And Customers

Canadian handset manufacturer RIM has chosen to stand by its customers in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia by not flinching at attempts by these governments to convince it to provide with more access to its smartphone platform.

The move by the two countries come as India and China have also threaten the company, which has more than 40 million subscribers worldwide, with similar retaliations after RIM failed to bow to their demands and allay their "security concerns".

The popular Blackberry platform is used by around a million of them in the two Middle-eastern countries, which accounts for around 3 per cent of the company's total user base. Ironically, standing up for them might mean that they lose out ultimately.

Analysts however say that it is highly unlikely that UAE and Saudi Arabia will escalate their threats pointing to the fact that RIM has been in discussion with both India and China to calm their fears and offer more pragmatic solutions.

Still, it does begs the question as to why RIM, and not others like Nokia, Samsung, HTC and LG, is the target of such public attacks.

Does that mean that, a contrario, other technology companies have been accepting demands of governments in exchange for the freedom to work without impediments.