RIM and Saudi Arabia reach preliminary agreement
E-mails going from a 'Berry to a company server and from the server to the recipient's phone are encrypted. Once inside the server, they are decoded to sort and distribute them, and the Saudis will be able to get the data they want to see, from the RIM server. On October 11th, as we reported, the U.A.E plans on blocking the same messaging, e-mail and web browsing functions from BlackBerry devices within the Emirates for the same reason. Lebanon has also indicated some fear about letting the service continue unabated. Bruce Schneier, an author and chief security technology officer at British telecommunications operator BT, says that providing the server is similar to deals that RIM already has with Russia and China, "Now that they're doing it for small, oppressive countries — sure, everyone is going to ask for it," he said. For its part, RIM says that it doesn't allow itself or anyone else to read corporate e-mail. Consumer e-mail receives a lower level of security.