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What lies behind Gulf states' Blackberry ban?

Two Gulf states have announced bans on some functions of the Blackberry mobile phone, claiming security concerns.

The United Arab Emirates is to block sending e-mails, accessing the internet, and delivering instant messages to other Blackberry handsets.

Saudi Arabia is to prevent the use of the Blackberry-to-Blackberry instant messaging service.

Both nations are unhappy that they are unable to monitor such communications via the handsets.

Kirsty Wark discusses what lies behind the move with Admiral Lord West, who was Security Minister in the last government, and Wendy Grossman from the campaigning group Privacy International.

Broadcast on Monday 2 August 2010.

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