In response to complaints made by Indonesian population and government, RIM has agreed to work towards blocking pornographic websites on BlackBerry services in Indonesia. The company is looking for a “prompt, compliant filtering solution” to begin filtering porn sites before Jan 21, or face legal implications including revocation.
“This isn’t just Indonesia,” said Heru Sutadi, a member of the Indonesian Telecommunications Regulatory Body, which oversees the industry. “Middle Eastern countries are also being hard on RIM. By looking at the big Indonesia market, I’m sure RIM will obey.”
RIM will have a meeting with Muhammad Budi Setyawan, director general of post and telecommunications at the ministry of Indonesia on 17 January.
“If RIM agrees to filter, they may take two to three days to discuss or hold the meetings with the operators,” Setyawan said. “If they do not want to filter, we will ask RIM to close the browser service as a whole.”
Besides Indonesia, RIM experienced problems in India, United Arab Emirates and Spain too. Blackberry got the threat of closing down of its messaging service in these countries subject to its non-compliance with telecommunications regulatory framework. But the company finally managed to reach a settlement and managed to drop ban on its services in U.A.E.
The increasing data security concern also urged Indian government and telecommunication regulatory authorities to give threat to RIM for banning its services in the country. It was give a period of 60 days, using which it got control over the situation and managed to retain its services.