Blackberry says will abide by Indonesia porn access ban

Mon Jan 17, 2011 7:55am EST
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JAKARTA (Reuters) - Research In Motion, makers of the popular Blackberry telephone and messaging system, said on Monday they would comply with an Indonesian government order to block access to porn sites from its devices.

Communications and Information Minister Tiffatul Sembiring threatened RIM's Indonesian browser service if the Canadian firm failed to block porn access by January 21.

He said also that RIM should set up servers in Indonesia and employ more locals, while questioning why the government wasn't taxing the company's local operations.

"We're committed to the Indonesian market place to provide a solution that satisfies the requirements -- particularly by the ministry," said Gregory Wade, director of Asia Pacific for RIM, after a meeting with Indonesian government officials on Monday.

"We're very much focused on meeting the timelines and deadlines that have been discussed."

Sembiring, a firebrand Islamic conservative and savvy social media user, posted on Twitter last week that Indonesia has 3 million Blackberry users generating revenues of 2.27 trillion rupiah ($250.77 million), but yielding nothing for the state.

The figures could not be independently verified.

RIM gets an increasing share of its revenue from outside North America and Western Europe as it comes under pressure in its most established markets from Apple's iPhone and devices running Google's Android operating system.

But the firm has been hit by demands for access to its encrypted data from numerous countries worried about security and social mores -- including India, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.   Continued...