Saudi Arabia Drops Plan to Ban BlackBerry Devices

The Saudi government backed away from a threat to shut down the BlackBerry corporate messenger service in the country, citing progress in talks with operators and the maker of the device, Research In Motion, over the ability to monitor encrypted messages for national security reasons. In a statement released through the state-run Saudi news agency, the Communications and Information Telecommunications Commission said it had obtained unspecified commitments from operators and R.I.M. that would aid in the country’s plan to monitor encrypted traffic on BlackBerry smartphones.