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RIM Pressured To Monitor BlackBerry Data

RIM Pressured To Monitor BlackBerry Data

Indonesia is continuing to press Research In Motion (RIM) to allow monitoring of BlackBerry data for security reasons, a request made last year but renewed as the Canadian company feels similar pressure from other countries.

The government would like RIM to put a server in the country that would allow authorities to guarantee to customers the security of the data that RIM now processes and saves in Canada, wrote Heru Sutadi, commissioner of the local regulator, Badan Regulasi Telekomunikasi Indonesia (BRTI), in an email on Thursday. Indonesia would also like RIM to have an office in the country.

Indonesia does not intend to ban the BlackBerry service in the country as RIM "by and large complies with our regulations," said Gatot S. Dewa Broto, spokesman for the country's Ministry of Communications and Informatics earlier in the day.

Indonesia asked RIM last year to put a server in the country for security reasons to handle only domestic data traffic, and the company is still considering the proposal, Sutadi said.

RIM is already facing suspension of its services in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia starting on Friday and in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from Oct. 11.

Additionally, the company is in discussions with India's government, which is demanding access to BlackBerry communications for its security agencies. Indian government officials said on Thursday that the talks were ongoing.

RIM's problems with some governments have also come to the attention of the US government. The US State Department said on Wednesday that it is in touch with the UAE and other governments to better understand their concerns and plans for the BlackBerry service.


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