Two Gulf states have announced bans on some functions of the Blackberry mobile phone, claiming security concerns.
The United Arab Emirates is to block sending emails, accessing the internet, and delivering instant messages to other Blackberry handsets. Saudi Arabia is to prevent the use of the Blackberry to Blackberry instant messaging service.
Both nations are unhappy that they are unable to monitor such communications via the handsets. This is because the Blackberry handsets automatically send the encrypted data to computer servers outside of the two countries.
You know who else would like to monitor communications? Yep. Just about everyone in a position of power, it seems.
The UAE ban is to start in October, while the Saudi move will begin later this month.
I expect workarounds to be in place rather quickly.