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Spies like Blackberry devices, claims Dubai police chief

Dubai's chief of police has said concerns over Israeli and US spying is the reason behind the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) clampdown on Blackberry's encrypted services.

Dhahi Khalfan Tamim told UAE newspaper Al-Khaleej that America, Israel, Britain and other countries are allowed access to Blackberry transferred data and that the US has an interest to spy on the UAE, according to a report by Reuters.

The UAE has reportedly asked Blackberry-maker Research in Motion (RIM) to provide access to encrypted services, threatening a suspension of Blackberry messaging services from 11 October until RIM co-operates.

RIM previously said other governments were finding ways to live with strong encryption, and the only way forward was to work together.

"The use of strong encryption in wireless technology is not unique to the Blackberry platform. It is unquestionably an industry-wide matter," RIM said in a statement.

RIM is under increasing pressure to provide access to some of its data and has faced criticism from other countries, including Saudi Arabia and India. All three governments want access to Blackberry's encrypted corporate e-mail service and messaging services amid fears these could be used by terrorists.


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