If you are a proud owner of the Samsung Galaxy Tab and intend to travel to Saudi Arabia anytime soon, you will have to be ready for some restrictions that have come into effect last Saturday. In certain high security areas, certain electronic devices are banned to avoid theft of plans or information surrounding potential drilling sites. The ban applies to the iPhone as well.
The ban, which has been issued by the Saudi interior ministry, is aimed at tackling hacking, which these sophisticated communication devices are capable of enabling. IT specialists and cyber security experts are supportive of the idea and believe these hi-tech devices can indeed put to risk the privacy of people and institutions alike.
“Each organization should have its own criteria to prescribe what is allowable and what is not from gadgets pertinent to the security of its information,” said an IT specialist Talha Jarad before also adding, “securing information is highly dependable on what such organizations decide and in respect to the volume of risks related to the use of such equipment inside their outlets.”
Also, the latest move on part of the Saudi interior ministry governing the use of electronic gadgets such as smartphones and tablet PCs should hardly come as a surprise as there already are such bans in place in countries like the US or in several European countries. However, what is surprising is only the iPhone and the Galaxy Tab have been singled out for the ban. Maybe it’s because these devices are the most popular, though there’s also no denying the fact that other similar devices can prove to be equally damaging.