Mar 26, 2013

Saudi Arabia to Announce 2 more Restrictions

The Saudi Arabian government has threatened to ban the use of instant messaging applications because of failure to control them, Saudi media reveal. It comes a month after the minister for media and culture confirmed censorship of Twitter.

The Communications and Information Technology Commission has requested companies operating the applications to meet the regulatory requirements to avoid their suspension in the kingdom,” sources told Saudi news site Sabq.

The commission is now coordinating with the application operators on the issue,” they said.

Whatsapp Viber to be ban in Saudi Arabia

Companies were given one week to deal with the situation and decide upon the required technical measures.

The sources stressed that the procedure was “in accordance with regulatory procedures,” denying claims that attributed the decision to commercial motivations.

Messaging applications such as Skype, WhatsApp and Viber are at risk of being banned, Al Arabiya reported. - source


Employee to work under their KAFEEL

A Cabinet meeting held on 19 march 2013 chaired by Prince Sultan, Saudi Arabia has announced more restrictions for illegal foreign workers and labor regulations who violate the Kingdom's residency. During the meeting, Article 39 of the Labor Law was amended, preventing sponsors from allowing their employees to work for others. The decision not only drive out illegal foreign workers, even targets illegal coverup businesses. Any employee can only work under their original sponsors, if any labor caught working for another sponsors pose security as well as social problems.

Single foreigners involved in such illegal practices will be arrested and deported within 4 hours. Foreigners those are seated with their families will also be deported within 24 hours. Illegal migrant workers increased as compare to previous year. Every third employee is found working under another sponsor for a higher salary.

The decision to drive away illegal expats will surely affect businesses in the country. - source