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The threat this week by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to shut down mobile services on BlackBerrys highlights a growing tension between governments and communications companies, The New York Times reports, where governments are seeking more access to communications data for intelligence-gathering purposes and companies are trying to protect user privacy. "These requirements for access to communications exist on a significant scale worldwide," said the head of a technology and regulatory consulting company. The tension is expected to continue to grow as the Indian, Saudi Arabian and Kuwaiti governments, among others, consider ways to gain even more access to electronic messages. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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