Saudi Arabia: latest country to ban the BlackBerry

Whilst Research in Motion is currently revelling in the positive headlines following the official launches of the BlackBerry Torch and the new BlackBerry 6 operating system, the news that Saudi Arabia has ordered a service suspension on BlackBerry devices will heap huge pressure on company bosses, especially since the UAE ordered a similar ban last week.

The suspension begins on 6 August and comes into place because Saudi Arabia’s Communications and Information Technology Commission said in a statement, that BlackBerry's service was not meeting the regulatory requirements.

In the UAE, the decision was made to cease operation of BlackBerry's data and messaging functions. No details have emerged, as of yet, as to what will be banned across the border in Saudi Arabia.

There will also be concern at RIM's HQ in Ontario that India is also looking into how Blackberry deals with its information. The country is also thought to have issues with the security aspects of RIM's handsets and is believed to want more access to the encrypted data.

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