RIM to Filter Porn in Indonesia

by Jordan Richardson on January 11, 2011

Waterloo’s Research In Motion is continuing its capitulation stance in different parts of the world. This time, RIM has agreed to filter pornographic content for BlackBerry smart phone users in Indonesia.

Indonesia carries about two million BlackBerry users. The country’s Communications and Information Minister, Tiffatul Sembiring, wants RIM to comply with a recently-passed anti-porn law. Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim country and passed the anti-porn law in 2008.

For its part, RIM says it “is fully committed to working with Indonesia’s carriers to put in place a prompt, compliant filtering solution for BlackBerry subscribers in Indonesia as soon as possible.”

A number of countries have recently been pestering RIM for access to encrypted data and the company’s policy has largely been to comply, especially as the international markets take on new meaning for the company losing grip and popularity in North America. As nations like Saudi Arabia, India and Indonesia try to quantify their social mores with the growing technological world, companies are learning new rules to do business in these expansive markets.

Indonesia houses South-East Asia’s biggest economy, which translates to a lot of consumer demand for products offered by the glitzy tech market. For RIM, this is a resource well worth complying with because said compliance translates into big business dollars.

RIM has come under increasing fire for its concessions to work in various countries, however, as many see the security benefits as being slowly eroded each time the company agrees to deal with a company’s requests. In the case of Saudi Arabia, sources say that RIM agreed to share unique pin numbers and codes to its devices to allow government authorities to essentially read encrypted text sent on BlackBerry Messenger services.

With RIM building a reputation on system security for business users, these sorts of stances are going to chip away at the stone. Compromises under pressure from governments can’t be doing the company any favours with respect to the security the devices are known for, so RIM’s “concession stand” could actually backfire in the long haul.

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