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UAE Drops Threat To ban BlackBerry Services

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has changed its decision to shut down BlackBerry services in the country.

A report by state run news agency WAM has said that the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the UAE will not ban services offered by Canadian Blackberry maker Research In Motion (RIM) in the country, which was slated to begin on 11 October, as RIM has agreed to comply with the country's security laws.

“The TRA has confirmed that Blackberry services are now compliant with UAE's telecommunications regulatory framework. Therefore all Blackberry services in the UAE will continue to operate as normal and no suspension of service will occur on 11 October,” WAM has said.

According to the Associated Press, the reprieve offered to RIM has not been declared as a permanent move.

The government of UAE had threatened to shut down web browsing, e-mail and instant messaging services offered on BlackBerry devices operating within the country

The decision to ban, which could have hit at least 500,000 BlackBerry owners, was taken citing a potential threat to national security owing to encrypted state of the data collected on company’s servers.