WASHINGTON - US SECRETARY of State Hillary Clinton said, on Thursday the United States and the United Arab Emirates will seize talks on BlackBerry use as she moved to ease a row over a UAE ban on key services.
'We are taking time to check with and analyse the full range of interests and issues at stake because we know that there is a legitimate security concern,' Mrs Clinton told reporters.
'But there is also a lawful right of free use and access. So I think we will be pursuing both technical and expert discussions as we go forward,' the chief US envoy said. The UAE, a Gulf business center, said on Sunday it will halt BlackBerry messenger, web browsing and email services that breach laws and raise security concerns. The delay would start on Oct 11 and last until a legal solution was reached.
The row centres on concerns that BlackBerry's encrypted services - which engage data being routed through secure servers in Canada where manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) is based - could be used by militants or criminals.