UAE Talks Making "Good Progress" In BlackBerry Talks

Ongoing talks between BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) and the government of U.A.E over allowing security services to monitor all message and e-mail traffic sent fromt eh smartphones is said to be proceeding well.

According to Business Week, the U.A.E ambassador to the US, Yousef Al Otaiba, has said that both parties are making "good progress" towards finding a solution to the issue.

The U.A.E had earlier demanded that RIM must provide security agencies with the means to monitor the exchange of information on its network for national security reasons.

The government has warned that it will suspend key BlackBerry services in the country if RIM refuses to comply.

Speaking to Business Week, Al Qtaiba, the UAE ambassador to the US, said in a statement: “It’s a compliance issue with regulatory demands. It’s very straightforward. It’s not anything regarding censorship, it’s not regarding anything besides what the TRA has requested: compliance with regulatory standards.”

Indian authorities have already asked mobile operators in the country to set-up the technology to monitor BlackBerry messages and e-mail by 31 August.