UAE may lift WhatsApp calls ban ‘soon’, says top cyber security official

Does this mean that the UAE have found a way to monitor voice calls via WhatsApp?…:

The UAE may lift the ban on WhatsApp calls soon, a top cyber security official said.

Mohamed Al Kuwaiti, executive director of the UAE’s National Electronic Security Authority, said talks are ongoing with Facebook-owned WhatsApp.

“The collaboration with WhatsApp has actually increased, and in many of those (projects) we saw a very good understanding (from them) of the concept we have,” he told CNBC’s Capital Connection programme.

“There might be a lift of that ban for [WhatsApp] voice calls… and this is going to happen soon, this is what we know and understand from the telecommunication authority here in the UAE.”

WhatsApp voice calls were banned in the Emirates shortly after the service became available.

The difficulty to monitor such services for security reasons and the country’s ‘regulatory framework’ – in which government-owned firms are licensed to operate mobile and broadband services – has been cited in the past.


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