BlackBerry and the issue of Privacy

I was listening to the BBC radio morning show today and they were discussing the issue of Blackberry Ban in the Gulf (specifically Saudi Arabia)..

Many countries here in the Gulf , Lebanon and India want to ban the BB service because they claim that it causes a huge security threat since the secret services cannot access or monitor any of the messages interchanged .. this causes a huge financial crises to the service providers and it seems that they are holding meetings to come to an agreement to solve the issue..

This however brings up the issue of privacy .. now it seems that everything we say can be monitored ..Privacy is very important to humans and violating it means that you will have a society that lives in constant fear and depression and possibly charged for something too personal that was meant to be unknown to others…

This reminded me of the movie “Minority Reports” when people were being charged and convicted over crimes that they did not commit but because the secret service was able to monitor their thoughts .. George Orwell in his 1948 novel also predicted such time when he came up with the slogan Big Brother is Watching You ..

Many companies and politicians exchange ideas and deals through BB and other services and this would cause a huge risk for any possible leaks through a service that is being  monitored ..

Yesterday Expatandthecity mentioned in her post about the Indian couple jailed for exchanging steamy text messages .. the problem here is not the steamy messages but the idea of having your most private needs violated .. and could this lead to the government’s right to enter your home and your bedroom and accuse you of acts of indecency?! The issue of privacy and security is an issue to the whole world and not just here in the Middle East .. when it comes to the USA privacy may be  non – existance specially to foreigners …

So this brings us back to the question of security vs privacy .. how much security can we have without invading our private lives? how much does Big Brother knows about your most private details?

13 responses

  1. People are going crazy about this topic these days ;/ and I still don’t have the truth yet..

    August 8, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    • I think they won’t ban it but it’ll be monitored … so be careful wat u say🙂

      August 8, 2010 at 7:44 pm

  2. Check out my post on what I’m going to do if they ban BB services here…loool!

    August 8, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    • loool … am on my way now to check it out!

      August 8, 2010 at 10:32 pm

  3. The thing is if they ban it, you can still access MSN and other chatting platforms… it is totally uncalled for!

    August 8, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    • they won’t ban it but they will most likely monitor it which opens up the issue of privacy

      August 8, 2010 at 10:30 pm

  4. Good question! I was discussing this privacy topic with dad this morning. It’s crazy! Trying to invade everyone’s privacy even innocent private conversations and claiming its for security matters. Well, where is the freedom in speech? In thoughts? In actions? Non anymore. They are trying to control everything which is getting really annoying.

    August 8, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    • I know… this guy on the radio said “when I first started using the e-mail my friend told me write everything like its going to be on the first page of (a magazine name)” he was being sarcastic about the privacy issue in the world

      August 8, 2010 at 10:29 pm

  5. after 9/11, there were americans who waived some of their rights for the safety of the country. I still remember it because I lived that era there. The senate game the government powers they wouldn’t even think of. They even gave them the right for detention without prosecution. The government advertised for that, and when fear hits the street, it got the blessings of the people.

    In 2005, here in Kuwait, after the clash of al-qaeda (osood al-jazeera) with kuwait special force, many of us waived our rights and endorsed the invasion of privacy for the sake of our safety.

    Safety, a very terrifying word, people are willing to sacrifice what they fought for, believed for, and lived by, so they will have peace.

    All I am saying is that it’s more than BB, what’s the price you’re willing to pay for your own privacy?

    August 8, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    • actually its not a matter of BB … we all know that there’s a price of security to be paid … but the question is how much of your privacy are you willing to give up? and how much will be used against you … a life lived in panic and fear is not worth living either and it’s just as important as security … and invading one’s privacy also means the we are now not secure with the things we say to each over … and the sad part is security in here is almost diminishing and now(well even before that) privacy too

      August 8, 2010 at 11:01 pm

  6. noway!! disaster so if someone said bad, what would they do to the person then?

    August 9, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    • I dunno really … hopefully nothing …not even gossiping🙂

      August 9, 2010 at 7:45 pm

  7. yea hopefully

    August 9, 2010 at 10:48 pm

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