The UAE will soon lift the ban on “WhatsApp” and “FaceTime” calls.


Head of Cyber ​​Security in the UAE government, Muhammad al-Kuwaiti, said that discussions are underway regarding lifting the ban imposed on some Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services in the UAE, such as “WhatsApp” and “FaceTime”.

He added during a seminar on the sidelines of the Gulf Information Security Conference and Exhibition last Sunday, “WhatsApp was opened for a specific part of the time and was used to conduct some tests, in cooperation with (WhatsApp) itself. There are some regulations that still need to be adhered to, and they are working on that, ”although he did not clarify what these regulations were, according to CNBC.

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Services such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and Skype for Business are currently operating in the UAE, which allows remote work and learning, but WhatsApp and FaceTime are still prohibited for voice and video calls. This means that Residents usually have to use fee-based services from one of the telecom providers in the state.

In a related context, Al-Kuwaiti said that the UAE has witnessed at least a 250 percent increase in cyber attacks this year, as the epidemic forced organizations around the world to reconsider how and where they operate, and hackers and malicious actors exploited the increase in digital dependence.

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