“Reporters Without Borders urges the Indian government to rescind an order it issued to national telecom operators on 13 February to suspend all mobile messaging services that cannot be monitored by the country’s law enforcement agencies, including the BlackBerry smartphone’s corporate email service, called BlackBerry Enterprise Server.
The move is the latest step in the government’s battle with Research In Motion, the BlackBerry’s Canadian manufacturer, for access to the BlackBerry’s encrypted services. Reporters Without Borders fears that it could lead generalized monitoring, filtering and censorship of mobile Internet services.”
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“India rejected on Monday Research In Motion’s offer to allow it only partial access to its BlackBerry data services as neighbouring Pakistan also moved to restrict the popular smartphone’s services.
It was not immediately clear what the Indian government, which says it is driven by security concerns, would now do after the Canadian smartphone maker failed to fulfill demands to monitor encrypted corporate email by a Jan. 31 deadline. RIM had previously said was confident India would not ban its services.
Earlier this month, RIM said it had given India the means to access its Messenger service ahead of the deadline but reiterated that it could not give the authorities access to monitor secure corporate emails.”
From The Globe and Mail
“Pakistani authorities have asked mobile telephone operators to stop BlackBerry services to foreign missions in the country amid concern about the security of the communications, industry sources said on Monday.
Two industry officials confirmed that the regulator, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), had asked them to stop all Blackberry services to foreign missions.
Pakistani industry and government officials say that the government had never allowed BlackBerry services to foreign missions and inbound roamers when the services were launched in Pakistan in 2005.
The government also initially banned the more secure BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) services in Pakistan.”
“Egyptian protestors have discovered a powerful tool: BlackBerry devices. Stellar encryption appears to have allowed users of the devices to escape (for the most part) the Egyptian government’s crackdown on communications with the outside world.
Shutting down BlackBerrys requires access to an entirely separate set of servers than other mobile units. This loophole indicates a possible motivation for earlier clashes between BlackBerry creators Research in Motion (RIM) and the governments of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Indonesia.
The Egyptian government never demanded access to BlackBerry data. The government is believed to lack access to decrypting messages and data sent by BlackBerry Internet Service.”
From Fast Company
“NEW DELHI —BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. Thursday reiterated that it can’t give Indian security agencies access to its corporate smartphone email service. While talks will continue, the issue casts uncertainty over the popular service in the world’s fastest-growing telecom market.
The Indian government fears the heavy encryption on BlackBerry smartphones makes them easy for terrorists to use undetected. The government has been holding talks with the company to find ways of monitoring RIM’s corporate email services. It hasn’t, however, set a target date for resolving the matter.
RIM has argued that what the Indian government wants is physically impossible for it to accomplish. On Thursday, a company official reiterated that there is no technology available that will allow monitoring of the email service, because it’s controlled by the servers at the companies that use the service.”
“BlackBerry Internet access has been reportedly blocked in Egypt on the third day of violent protests calling for political reform in the country.
The BlackBerry Web shut-down has been reported by Twitter users from Egypt who have accessed the site using third-party applications and other loopholes in the governments blocking of the site.
On Tuesday, Twitter and Facebook were also blocked by the Egyptian government, which has been run by President Hosni Mubarak for more than 30 years.”
From Los Angeles Times
Today Research in Motion (RIM) announced that the company will be blocking access to pornographic website on BlackBerry phones in Indonesia. The freedom of expression advocacy organization Reporters Without Borders has indicated its concern about the efficacy of filtering pornography online. In urging transparency to the Indonesian public, Reporters Without Borders invites Internet users to participate in the Citizen Lab’s Project RIM Check. The Citizen Lab project collects country-based information on how traffic exits the BlackBerry network.
“BlackBerry maker Research In Motion said it has given India the means to access its Messenger service and reiterated that no changes could be made to allow monitoring of secure corporate emails.
India wants access to all BlackBerry services as part of efforts to fight militancy and security threats over the internet and through telephone communications.
“… No changes can be made to the security architecture for BlackBerry Enterprise Server customers since, contrary to any rumors, the security architecture is the same around the world and RIM truly has no ability to provide its customers’ encryption keys,” the company said on Thursday.”
“A firebrand Indonesian government minister who has called on Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM-T64.451.161.83%) to block porn access on its BlackBerry smart phones said the country also wanted a slice of the firm’s growing revenue.
Communications and Information Minister Tiffatul Sembiring, in a series of comments made mostly on Twitter, said Indonesia’s 3 million BlackBerry users led to revenue for the Canadian firm of 2.27 trillion rupiah ($251-million U.S.) a year but nothing for the state.
“Is it arrogant to remind foreigners to respect the law and regulations in Indonesia?” Mr. Sembiring, known for controversial statements, tweeted to his 168,000 followers. “Is it wrong to ask for a share for Indonesia, for hiring local people, using local content?” he asked, after mocking responses to his views.”
From The Globe and Mail
“RIYADH (Zawya Dow Jones)–Saudi Arabia hasn’t asked Research In Motion Ltd. (RIMM) to filter Internet-accessed content on its BlackBerry smart phones in the kingdom, people familiar with the matter said Tuesday.
“There have not been any requests made from Saudis to filter pornography on BlackBerry phones,” one source told Zawya Dow Jones.
RIM has been in discussions with the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and India after they threatened to block the BlackBerry amid security concerns.”