* UAE says some BlackBerry applications pose security risk
* Regulator says looking to resolve "critical issue"
DUBAI, July 25 The BlackBerry, made by Canada's
Research In Motion RIM.TORIMM.O, is open to misuse that
poses security risks to the United Arab Emirates, which said on
Sunday it would seek to safeguard its consumers and laws.
Gulf state Bahrain in April warned against the use of
BlackBerry Messenger software to distribute local news, drawing
criticism from media freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders
(RSF) which called it an act of censorship.
That sparked concerns that other Gulf countries might also
consider curbing the use of certain applications on the
BlackBerry, which holds around 20 percent of the global
smartphone market behind Nokia NOK1V.HE but ahead of Apple
BlackBerry was operating "beyond the jurisdiction of
national legislation", the UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory
Authority said in a statement issued on Sunday.
"As a result of how BlackBerry data is managed and stored,
in their current form, certain BlackBerry applications allow
people to misuse the service, causing serious social, judicial
and national security repercussions."
The UAE was working to resolve "these critical issues with
the objective of finding a solution that safeguards our
consumers and operates within the boundaries of UAE law."
Earlier this month, RIM said it was preparing to launch an
applications store and consumer Internet services in China as
part of its push into the world's top mobile market.
A long-running censorship dispute between Beijing and Google
Inc (GOOG.O) was only recently resolved. Google had said it
might be forced to abandon the Chinese market because of hacking
attacks and censorship concerns.
(Writing by Raissa Kasolowsky; Editing by Jason Neely)