RIM to Block Porn From Indonesian BlackBerrys

Jan 10, 2011 12:00 PM PST
INDONESIA — Bowing to threats to stop its service, Research In Motion (RIM) will block porn sites from its Indonesian BlackBerry users.

Reports said that the Canadian company is working closely with the Indonesian government and carriers in the country to introduce the restriction.

On Friday, the country’s communications and information technology minister Tifatul Sembiring, gave RIM two weeks to filter all porn sites or be shut down.

"Research In Motion confirms that it shares minister Tifatul Sembiring's sense of urgency on this matter and it 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," the company said in the statement.

A meeting between RIM and the government is scheduled for Jan. 17. "We hope RIM will be compliant by then," said Heru Sutadi, commissioner of Badan Regulasi Telekomunikasi Indonesia (BRTI), the telecommunications regulator in the country.

The Indonesian government has also demanded that RIM build a center for lawful interceptions of email and other messages, according to reports. RIM currently encrypts certain BlackBerry communications and routes the data through RIM-owned servers in Canada.

RIM said that it "continues to make it a top priority to implement satisfactory technical solutions with its partners as soon as possible," but did not mention porn or an in-country server.

Some analysts estimate that there are between 1.5 million and 2 million RIM users in Indonesia. According to reports, If RIM doesn’t satisfy the Indonesian government, the country's telecommunications ministry could ask the six domestic telecommunications operators of BlackBerry's Internet services in Indonesia to stop supporting it.

Indonesia launched its first salvo against RIM last August along with other countries including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.

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