Social messaging apps WhatsApp, Skype and Viber could find their services blocked over security issues in Saudi Arabia.
The report suggests that the Saudi Telecommunications and Information Technology Commission is unhappy with the services on offer and the lack of security to enable surveillance by the regulators.
The network operators have been given notice to work with the app providers to enable suitable surveillance and monitoring of the messaging service. Refusal to engage with the requests of the regulator may result in the social messaging apps being blocked altogether.
It is likely that an agreement will be made sooner rather than later. WhatsApp, Skype and Viber represent a cheap option for customers to maintain communication with friends and families overseas.
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