“JAKARTA, Indonesia—Research In Motion Ltd. said it will implement Internet filtering in Indonesia “as soon as possible,” after a minister threatened to shut down Internet browsing on BlackBerry smartphones if the company didn’t block websites that have pornography.
It will be the first time the company will apply Internet filtering in any country, according to a RIM executive in Indonesia. RIM and the government will meet Jan. 17 to discuss the matter, a spokesman for Indonesia’s Information Ministry said.
Analysts estimated that BlackBerry has around two million users in Indonesia.”
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“Dubai: The majority of mobile phone users in the United Arab Emirates use BlackBerry devices to access the internet, suggests a new survey by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA).
‘BlackBerries are the most commonly used devices to access the internet approximately 37 per cent of the time,’ the TRA said in its ICT in the UAE report released in Abu Dhabi this week.”
From Gulf News
“Two possible outcomes loomed over the BlackBerry battles in India, Saudi Arabia, and other countries in recent months: Either local intelligence agencies get to snoop at messages from the handsets, or governments will shut them down.
An Indian entrepreneur says he has invented a third way, however, which threatens to complicate the efforts by Canadian manufacturer Research In Motion Ltd. to expand overseas.”
From The Globe and Mail
“Research In Motion Ltd. defended itself on two fronts Thursday, denying reports it had reached a deal with the Indian government to provide access to BlackBerry messages in that country and maintaining that the battery life in its embryonic PlayBook tablet computer was comparable to that of rivals already on the market.”
From The Ottawa Citizen
“Research In Motion Ltd. has moved quickly to refute a report that it will allow Indian authorities access to highly encrypted corporate data, including emails.
But it added in a statement Thursday that law enforcement personnel and mobile operators will maintain ‘lawful access’ to less secure consumer messaging services.”
From The Toronto Star
“Countries around the globe have been threatening Research in Motion (RIM) for months now, publicly stating that they would ban BlackBerry services if RIM refuses to provide decryption keys to various governments. The tech press has generally focused on ‘governments just don’t get how encryption works’ rather than ‘this is how BlackBerry security works, and how government demands affect consumers and businesses alike.’ This post is an effort to more completely respond to the second focus in something approximating comprehensive detail.”
“(Reuters) – India and Research In Motion have moved closer to agreement on lawful access and monitoring of highly secure corporate email on BlackBerry devices, a newspaper reported on Wednesday, citing an unnamed interior ministry official. RIM later issued a statement calling the report “inaccurate and misleading” and repeated that it deals with lawful access… Read more »
Reporters Without Borders has declared its support for the Citizen Lab’s newly launched research project: RIM Check.
RIM Check will gather information on how traffic exits the BlackBerry network depending on the country in which the user is located. The findings from this project will be published and made publicly available.
‘Telecom operators may have given compliance reports on upgrading their networks to intercept BlackBerry services, but the maker of the high-end handsets, Research In Motion (RIM), has asserted there is “no change” to its security architecture, which is the same around the world. “No changes to the security architecture for BlackBerry Enterprise Server customers since, contrary to any rumours, the security architecture is the same around the world and RIM truly has no ability to provide its customers’ encryption keys,” the BlackBerry-maker has said in a statement.
The Canada-based company made it clear that its security systems are still cutting edge by saying, “RIM maintains a consistent global standard for lawful access requirements that does not include special deals for specific countries.”‘
From Hindustan Times
Professor Ron Deibert talks to Masala Canada about the Information Warfare Monitor’s newly launched RIM Check project. (www.rimcheck.org) RIM Check monitors BlackBerry access, which has recently been under state threat. Nations are monitored through data provided by Research in Motion users around the world.
Interview available here from Masala Canada