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UAE to lift its ban on WhatsApp calls soon

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The UAE may soon lift its ban on WhatsApp calls, the head of the country’s digital security authority, Mohamed Al Kuwaiti told CNBC.

Al Kuwaiti revealed that discussions had taken place with Facebook-owned WhatsApp on national security initiatives.

He told the ‘Capital Connection’ show: “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 said, referring to the country’s approach to telecoms regulation.

“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.”



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