Blackberry says will continue operations in Pakistan


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  • Friday, 01 Jan 2016

Still in Pakistan: The Pakistan's government dropped a request for access to Blackberry Inc's user data. — Reuters

BlackBerry Ltd said it has decided to continue its operations in Pakistan as the government dropped a request for access to users' data.

The company, which has faced similar problems in the past in India, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia, had said last month it would delay shutting down its operations in Pakistan until Dec 30.

State-run Pakistan Telecommunication Authority had in July demanded that the company give access to its BlackBerry Enterprise Services (BES), which encrypts data such as emails and instant messages.

BlackBerry, formerly known as Research In Motion Ltd, said on Dec 31 that it would not provide access to its BES servers.

A report released in July by British-based watchdog Privacy International said Pakistan's powerful military intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), was seeking to dramatically expand its ability to intercept communications.

Shares of the company were down 0.46% at C$12.91 (RM40.11) on Dec 31 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. — Reuters

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