p2pnet view Mobiles | Politics:- Canada’s Research in Motion (RIM), maker of the ubiquitous Blackberry, has agreed to censor pornographic sites in Kuwait, but it doesn’t need to “suspend services”, Reuters has local newspaper al-Jarida saying.
“RIM has given ‘initial approval’ to block 3,000 porn sites at the request of Kuwait’s communications ministry”, says the story, “quoting a source it did not identify by name”, going on >>>
The BlackBerry’s coveted secrecy has come under scrutiny since Sunday, when the United Arab Emirates announced plans to ban BlackBerry Messenger, email and Web browser services from October 11.
The Gulf state cited national security and other concerns and said the move followed three years of unsuccessful negotiations with RIM.
Industry sources said Saudi Arabia had ordered local telecom companies to freeze BlackBerry Messenger from this month.
Combined, the Gulf states and India represent more than 2 million BlackBerry users, or about 5 percent of the 41 million devices in service worldwide.
RIM asked the ministry to give it until the end of the year to implement the block, says Reuters.
“Observers said that in many ways RIM is the victim of its own success”, says the Telegraph, continuing >>>
The company has such secure encryption systems that it has got countries rattled. But they also said that it was concerning for technology companies that the countries with the largest growth potential — fast-developing nations in Asia and the Middle East — also tend to have the most security-conscious governments.
In a statement RIM said it respects the “regulatory requirements of government” and the “security and privacy needs” of corporations and consumers, says the story, adding it “assures its customers that it is committed to continue delivering highly secure and innovative products that satisfy the needs of both customers and governments”.
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