Learn English Lesson #8 (Read + Speak + Study Questions)
Blackberries under fire across Middle East Research in Motion's Blackberry handheld phones have been temporarily banned in the United Arab Emirates while Saudi Arabia and India have launched investigations into security risks posed by the devices. The concerns arise from encryption technology that allows senders of information to protect the data so that nobody can read it. Such information is common for Internet banking or electronic commerce where the credit card numbers are protected by encryptions. Government agencies cannot read the messages unless they have vast, sophisticated equipment, which is far too cumbersome and expensive to roll out on a large scale. The US government has shown no concerns towards encryption technology. Encryption has become normal for business and governments across the United States. Questions: Why are countries concerned about Blackberries? The concerns involve the encryption technology that does not allow anyone to read the messages. What is encryption? Encryption is technology that makes messages invisible. In addition, the technology is used for credit cards and Internet banking services.