RIM to filter porn from Indonesia BlackBerrys


  • TECH
  • Tuesday, 18 Jan 2011

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JAKARTA: The maker of the BlackBerry will meet Indonesia’s request to filter out pornographic content on the smartphones in the next four days, according to a government spokesman.

Research In Motion Ltd (RIM) made the commitment to install the filters after Indonesia threatened to revoke BlackBerry’s licence to operate in the country.

The Canada-based company has worked out the details of the deal in a meeting with government officials.

RIM’s managing director for South-East Asia, Gregory Wade, said the company had discussed the issue with the six operators that support the BlackBerry service in Indonesia and “we’ll be implementing together.”

Ministry of Communication and Information spokesman Gatot Dewabroto said the company promised to do so within 100 hours of the meeting — ahead of the government’s deadline on Jan 21. The government has said it will not extend the deadline.

The government also said that RIM has agreed to set up servers in the country, as requested.

A number of countries have expressed national security concerns about encrypted information on users’ BlackBerrys if RIM didn’t 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 said RIM earns about US$251mil (RM803mil) per year from the country’s three million BlackBerry users. — AP


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