BlackBerry in Indonesia will filter out porn


  • TECH
  • Wednesday, 12 Jan 2011

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JAKARTA: Research in Motion Ltd (RIM), maker of the BlackBerry, is working to filter out pornographic content on its smartphones in Indonesia.

The Canada-based company is also ready to set up a server in Indonesia, said Gatot Dewabroto, spokesman for the Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information.

But RIM’s statement did not address that. Its statement said the company is “fully committed to working with Indonesia’s carriers to put in place a prompt, compliant filtering solution for BlackBerry subscribers in Indonesia as soon as possible.”

Last week, Indonesia threatened to revoke BlackBerry’s licence to operate in the nation of 237 million unless it filtered out porn and set up a local server.

A number of countries have been expressing national security concerns about encrypted information on users’ Blackberrys if RIM did not come up with a way for governments to monitor them. They have threatend to shut out RIM, whose competitive edge rests on ensuring security to its global users.

Indonesia says RIM earns about US$251mil (RM803mil) per year from the country’s three million BlackBerry users.

Dewabrata said the government would meet with RIM officials on Jan 17 to hammer out details. — AP


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