Research In Motions held last ditch talks with Saudi officials in a bid to stave off possible bans on certain services. The maker of the Blackberry mobile device is facing mounting pressure from various governments that want full surveilance powers. Their concern lies especially with the Blackberry Messenger Service, which is encrypted and cannot be accessed by government agencies. Countries which are looking to suspend Blackberry services include Saudi Arabia, India and the United Arab Emirates. RIM say that they cannot give unequal treatment to countries by allowing some to access encrypted data and denying others the same privelege. Read more: Reuters
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