Indonesia may follow Middle Eastern countries in blocking BlackBerry services

By AP
Wednesday, August 4, 2010

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A list of countries considering BlackBerry bans

These countries are planning or considering restricting the use of BlackBerry services because of law enforcement and national security concerns:

— Saudi Arabia — The kingdom’s telecom regulator had ordered mobile operators across the kingdom to halt BlackBerry services as of this coming Friday.

— United Arab Emirates — The Persian Gulf state plans to shut down e-mail, messaging and Web browsing on BlackBerrys starting in October. It says it’s still in talks with Research In Motion Ltd., the Canadian maker of the device.

— Indonesia — The Southeast Asian country wants RIM to place a server in its country because it fears that e-mails could be intercepted as they pass through RIM’s servers overseas. It is considering banning the service, but has no firm plans.

— India — The country of almost 1.2 billion people is in talks with RIM, also seeking more control over the data.

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