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Indonesian government wants a ban of BlackBerry services if it can't snoop on the messages

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Indonesian government wants a ban of BlackBerry services if it can't snoop on the messages
Now that's a threat RIM should take seriously - Indonesian government is saying it might ban BlackBerry services if it is not in the loop on the conversations carried out over RIM's encrypted network. India and other countries have made similar threats before, and RIM has managed to address their concerns so far.

Indonesia is one of the most important BlackBerry markets, with north of 10% market share, so the government can certainly exert some pressure. While it might all be a retaliation about RIM building a new data service center in Singapore instead of Indonesia, the government's telecom watchdog did specify that it is a "security risk that it can't peak into the messages.

Recently we outed an inside scoop how a BlackBerry Bold 9790 launch event in Jakarta turned ugly with people ending up in a hospital, and RIM's Indonesia head is under investigation about it. The company's devices are apparently very popular there, and the government watching over your shoulder while typing could be offputting for many. Well, not as much as in Thailand, where people might go to jail over a text message insulting the king, but still.

via Engadget

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