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US in contact with India, UAE over Blackberry security issue

US has said it is in touch with countries like India, the UAE and Saudi Arabia over their concerns with regard to the security features of Blackberry.

world Updated: Aug 05, 2010 09:43 IST

US has said it is in touch with countries like India, the UAE and Saudi Arabia over their concerns with regard to the security features of Blackberry.

"There are issues attached to freedom of information, the flow of information, the use of technology. We are in touch with these governments," State Department spokesman P J Crowley told reporters at his daily news briefing.

"We're going to try to understand what their concerns are, the nature of the ongoing negotiations that they have with this particular company.

"And then you've touched on that there are number of countries that are in the midst of these negotiations and we'll see what the implications are," Crowley said in response to a question.

His comments came as Indian security agencies demanded that Blackberry allow them to monitor its services. It also comes close on the heels of Saudi Arabia ordering local cellphone providers to halt BlackBerry service, saying it failed to meet regulatory requirements.

Dubai will ban some of the Blackberry services from October 1.