Saudi Arabia May Block Skype and WhatsApp

Saudi telecommunication companies could block messaging and VOIP apps that use encrypted connections, local news site Alweeam reported today citing unnamed sources. The site said this step comes after the Communication and Information Technology Commission, which is the telecoms regulator, requested from the companies to do what is required to monitor apps like Skype, Viper and WhatsApp. If communication through these apps cannot be monitored due to encryption than the telecoms will probably block access to them. Another reason why the telecoms might be tempted to block these apps at CITC request, despite the fact that such decision would upset their customers, is because these apps dent at the revenues of these companies as people would use them to communicate for free instead of using paid for calls or messaging services.