It caused a lot of boos in the mobile world - most especially to those people who are so attached to their Blackberry phones that the UAE is officially banning the BBM or Blackberry Messenger from operating in the UAE.
After the declaration, a few countries followed the lead - Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait and India to name a few.
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In our office, we do have a few BBM fanatics and were sad. They have used BBM to keep in touch with friends who are also users of the ever-popular Blackberry phones. As I am now part of the tech department in our office, speculations were made about why they are banning the service.
Mentions of national security being threatened, BB users exchanging information that could and potentially harm a country (hence the national security threat), a person (not being able to follow a lead in case a murder / rape was planned via BBM) or culture (the Y generation having more freedom in expressing their thoughts without their relatives having a chance to intervene).
Though the national security part is the most important issue at the moment because the only keeper of the BBM encryption can be found in the United States.
I think control is important in order for each one of us to function accordingly. Let's use our companies as an example. In our companies, we have a set of rules and regulations to follow.We need to have these set of rules so that people are aware of the boundaries. Not doing this at all will cause chaos.
This is also one of the main reasons we have rulers / presidents in each of our countries where they implement laws and decrees for people to follow.
I guess this goes the same with BB phones.
I believe that this will be resolved soon - depending on how the BB manufacturers will cooperate with the country's demands.
For now, we can only wait and see.
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