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黑莓手机部分服务搁浅阿联:因黑莓架构阻碍政府监管

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This is the VOA Special English Economics Report.

BlackBerry service is facing limits or bans in some countries over the issue of government access to information on its network. Research in Motion, or RIM, based in Waterloo, Canada, makes BlackBerry communications devices. They run on the company's network and secure software. BlackBerry has forty-six million users worldwide.

This week, the United Arab Emirates announced it would block BlackBerry e-mail, web browsing and instant messenger services on October eleventh. The UAE says the services are a threat to national security because government officials cannot access or monitor users' information.

Then, Saudi Arabia said it would block BlackBerry service this week. The Saudi government told the country's three mobile phone operators to stop BlackBerry service for businesses and individuals this Friday. The Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission did not say what services would be blocked. These moves renew concern among some people about efforts by the UAE and Saudi Arabia to control the flow of information. Both countries have banned some forms of media seen as harming national security.

The ban in the UAE could affect half a million BlackBerry users while Saudi Arabia has about seven hundred thousand users. Kuwait and Lebanon are also said to be considering restrictions. But Middle Eastern countries are not the only ones seeking greater access to BlackBerry information. India and China are among other countries also doing so.

Governments, big corporations and individuals use BlackBerry devices because they are highly secure. Users' communications are sent to servers overseas, mostly in Canada, using powerful security measures.

RIM says its system is set up in a way that no one, including RIM, can access user information. The company also says it does not matter where their servers are based. Communications are made secure the moment they leave the BlackBerry device through encryption.

On Thursday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States will hold talks with the UAE and other countries about possible bans on BlackBerry services. She said the United States knows there are reasonable security concerns about the service. But she added that there is also a right of free use and access.

And that's the VOA Special English Economics Report, written by Mario Ritter. I'm Steve Ember.

相关中文报道:

阿联酋拟暂停黑莓服务

阿联酋拟从10月开始暂停黑莓手机(BlackBerry)通讯服务,该国表示,原因是这些服务在法律以外操作,引起了国家安全方面的担忧。

沙特阿拉伯似乎将效仿这种做法,国有控股的沙特电信(Saudi Telecom)的一名官员表示,该国将要禁止黑莓的信息通讯服务。

虽然对安全敏感的海湾国家将是首批采取此类行动的国家,但在这些声明作出之前,印度在近几周内也曾对RIM的网络表示担忧网络的类似担忧。总部位于加拿大的RIM是黑莓品牌频率背后的公司。

黑莓服务使用内部加密的网络,政府难以监视。

阿联酋监管当局表示,其决定基于一个事实之上,即“某些特定黑莓服务允许用户不负任何法律责任地进行活动,给阿联酋带来司法、社会和国家安全方面的担忧”。

阿联酋的暂停将从10月11月开始,也将适用于漫游的黑莓设备。阿拉伯世界的最大经济体沙特的禁令定于本月开始。阿联酋政府表示,已与RIM就其担心的问题进行了谈判,但未取得进展。

印度政府上月再次发出威胁,要禁止黑莓服务,除非RIM让政府访问其加密信息通讯系统传送的数据。这一问题在上周得到了解决。RIM同意解决恐怖分子可能使用其数据服务的担忧。

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