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Indonesian Government Threats to Ban BlackBerry Messenger Service

|December 12 2011 |Blackberry, Location Based Services

The Indonesian Telecommunication Regulation Body (BRTI) may soon end the BlackBerry Messenger and Internet Services in their country. This is because RIM (Research In Motion) declined to establish BBM servers within the country and instead operates from neighbor country Singapore.

“Because RIM has not been cooperative, it is possible that we will soon end BIS (BlackBerry Internet Service) and BBM service. BlackBerry therefore, would just be like other cellular phones,” BRTI member Heru Sutadi told The Jakarta Post on Friday. “With the condition as it is now, we warn that the country’s users to be cautious about using BlackBerry because the data exchanged is not safe or cannot be guaranteed of its safety,” he said.


In the month of September 2011, RIM committed to government to carry out four agreements by December 31st. One among these four where to establish an in-house server or data center. Failing this will leave the company into troubles and may lead to seizure of BlackBerry Messenger services in the country. RIM also facing a problematic situation with Government of India or TRAI in India. This is much related to this scenario where the country officials asked RIM for encrypted data for screening and messages communicated through India.

In response to the situation, RIM Managing Director for Asia, Gregory Wade said, “RIM has been working closely with government bodies in Indonesia, but has not been advised of any specific requirements extending beyond what it has already satisfied. RIM is working with Law Enforcement Agencies in Indonesia for the provision of Lawful Access as stipulated by national law.” However, the company did not disclose what measures had been taken so far.

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