Research In Motion (RIM) be enemy figure after the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia announced a ban on some functions of their BlackBerry smartphone. The reason? Encryption sending messages to and from BlackBerry users can be exploited criminals and terrorists.
BlackBerry users in the United Arab Emirates has banned access to email, open the Internet and use the BlackBerry Messenger. Local regulators say the BlackBerry user data stored in the RIM servers in Canada has managed foreign company.
Therefore, according to them "Without accountability, legal action can lead to a national problem, legal and social issues." Not only that, Saudi Arabia also wants to ban instant messaging service to BlackBerry. However, this decision has been growing criticism in the community.
India also had to give the same threat. Some time ago, Indian newspapers said that the government intended to ban BlackBerry service for the same reasons. This will significantly impact the RIM considering there are about one million BlackBerry users in India.
However, the Internal Security Agency and the Department of Indian Affairs this week stating there is no plan to ban. They just remind the RIM to cooperate with the government, to monitor email and data services that occurred in India.
Chris Jones, chief analyst at Canalys said that the position of excellence featuring new BlackBerry wireless connectivity problem appears to have limits. "This suggests that we should not really take it for granted about the expansion of mobile services. This technology was not easy to present anywhere, "he added.
According to several observers, RIM is in many ways victims of their own success. The company has a security encryption system which has been rocked several countries.
Although popular in many countries with very high growth potential, particularly developing countries in Asia and the Middle East, RIM still faced by some countries with high levels of awareness on the importance of privacy. For instance Google is expelled from China.
But instead RIM said they appreciate all the rules made by regulators anywhere, as well as privacy and security needs of consumers and companies. RIM also says that did not close the opportunity for discussion with regulators. Are his efforts would be fruitless?