BLACKBERRY MAKER Research in Motion (RIM) is breathing a sigh of relief this week after Turkey decided not to demand it hand over message encryption details.
There was a fear that Turkey, which is fighting Kurdish separatists, might ban Blackberrys because the army can't read the messages.
Eyebrows were raised when it was revealed that the country's telecommunications authority was working on national legislation on encrypted services.
However Turkey's Communications Minister said he did not see this would ban using Blackberry devices.
"When this legislation is published, the problem concerning Blackberry will be overcome. The legislation will not ban the use of Blackberry," Binali Yildirim said.
Meanwhile RIM is celebrating reaching an agreement with the United Arab Emirates (UAE). According to Reuters the Arabs will not suspend Blackberry services on 11 October after resolving a dispute with RIM over access to email and other data.
The UAE had threatened to suspend Blackberry Messenger, email and web browser services to about 500,000 subscribers from 11 October unless Canadian Blackberry maker RIM agreed to locate encrypted servers in the country so that the government could read all the messages.
However the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has confirmed that Blackberry services are now compliant with the UAE's telecommunications regulatory framework.
The UAE's state news agency gave no details about the agreement that was reached so it is not clear how far backwards RIM had to bend. µ
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