UAE: RIM’s BlackBerry data handling violates the law

“The offshore storage of data by Research In Motion for its BlackBerry smartphones conflicts with a 2007 law passed in the United Arab Emirates, the country’s telecommunications regulator has said,” Jeremy Kirk reports for IDG News Service.

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“BlackBerrys are the only devices used in the country that have data managed by a foreign, commercial agency and stored outside of the UAE, according to a report from the Emirates News Agency, which is part of the country’s Ministry of Information and Culture,” Kirk reports.

MacDailyNews Take: Yes, we know it’s “only Canada,” but it is another reason why the U.S. President should not be using a BlackBerry, besides, of course, his not supporting an American company. (We love you Canucks, but the U.S President should be using U.S. technology, especially when it’s markedly superior to the antiquated, plastic-buttoned mess that’s currently hanging off his belt).

Kirk continues, “The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority said that as a result of how that data is stored ‘certain BlackBerry applications allow people to misuse the service, causing serious social, judicial and national security repercussions.'”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “BlackWolf,” “TheConfuzed1,” “TheLagosChap,” “Lynn W.,” and “Gideon” for the heads up.]


  1. Sorry MDN, but you should read up on the Blackberry used by the president before you make stupid statements. His is not routed through the standard servers in Canada, but secured US servers.

    That said, it is only a matter of time before RIM has to figure out a better way to handle their services. Routing through their servers is no longer an option to remain competitive.

  2. fisherbln,

    I think MDN’s main point that the U.S. President should be supporting a U.S. company is a good one. Obviously.

    Of course, this particular U.S. president hates U.S. business almost as much as he loves unemployed voters who feel dependent on him and his style of government, so I can see why he doesn’t give a shit and clings to his antiquated BlackBerry made by a company outside the country.

    Betcha if Kenya made a cellphone, the empty suit would be all over it.

  3. As a Canadian, I should be proud that RIM is a home-grown company that has international successes, but after trying to enter the settings for an email account into a client’s Blackberry a few years ago, I can see why they have the reputation they have, especially since the iPhone came into town. The user experience sucks!

    As for Canadian vs. US technology… that’s a lame argument. How can MDN so boldly say the President should be using US technology when our beloved Apple products are built in China? Why not demand that the President make local assembly more competitive? That’s a better argument.

    As a Canadian in love with an American company, I say it has nothing to do with the borders, but rather the principles and standards that one lives by, whether an individual or a company.

  4. coolfactor,

    Apple’s profits are made and, most importantly to Obama, Apple’s MAJOR LEAGUE TAXES, are paid in America.

    The U.S. President should be backing U.S.-based companies – especially when the U.S. company makes the superior product. Even a leftist socialist progressive should be able to understand that simple point.

    Imagine the uproar if Obama replaced his fleet of shit American cars with BMWs.

  5. Hardly anything is completely built in the USA anymore thanks to Unions, and Obama’s relentless pursuit of giving these job ruining unions anything they want.

    MDN’s take is ok, because the president should be supporting American tech, not foreign tech, but if it were up to Obama, he’d be running everything and dictating everything you do,,

  6. MDN: How about you let the president decide? There’s a reason why he’s president and you guys aren’t ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” /> From your “takes” it’s rather obvious.

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