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For E-Data, Tug Grows Over Privacy vs. Security

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Blackberrys in Dubai

In Dubai, one of the United Arab Emirates, checking BlackBerrys. The government wants to monitor some communications.

Jonathan Gainer / Bloomberg News

The threat by the United Arab Emirates to shut down mobile services on BlackBerrys like email and text messaging underscores a growing tension between communications companies and governments over how to balance privacy with national security.

While communications companies want to be able to ensure that their customers’ messages are shielded from prying eyes, governments increasingly insist on gaining access to electronic messages to track down criminals or uncover terrorist plots.

On Monday, Research In Motion, or R.I.M., the Canadian company that makes the BlackBerry line of smartphones, sought to reassure its customers that its services remained secure a day after the U.A.E. said it would ban many BlackBerry services because of national security concerns.

From The New York Times
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