Skype, Whatsapp, and Viber Ban in Saudi Arabia Soon?

I just read this news that Saudi Arabia is planning to ban Skype, Whatsapp, and Viber in the region  if those company will not give access for regulation to their service since it could be a security threat according to Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC).

Despite a medley of applications now available to help Internet users avert such a ban, the kingdom declared that it would block the services within its borders unless the operators grant the government surveillance rights. The companies have until Saturday—the start of the Saudi workweek— to respond to Saudi Arabia’s Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), local news reports said.

As of this time, CITC has been regulating prepaid cards. Those Illegal residents without proper documentation called “Iqama”, cannot register their SIM Card and cannot recharge their SIM card since they don’t have the Iqama number which is a prerequisite to load recharging.

I think Saudi Arabia needs to study this one very well, since if this happen, only geeks will be able to use this service through proxy server.

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