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Blackberry Will Block Adult Content In Indonesia

Research in Motion, the makers of Blackberry devices, are once again facing off with a foreign government. This time, Indonesia is threatening to shut down RIM's service in the country if it doesn't filter out adult and pornographic content from the browser on their devices. Today, RIM announced they will comply with government demands.

The Guardian reports:

It is the first time that the Canadian company has agreed to filter the internet on its high-security BlackBerry phones.

Indonesia, which is the world's most populous muslim nation, recently stepped up its internet crackdown with demands for all telecoms companies to block access to adult material.

Tifatul Sembiring, the country's communications minister, told the Jakarta Globe RIM has two weeks to come in compliance:

“We have repeatedly asked them to do it and we have given them some time. If they keep delaying, we will shut down their operation here because they fail to comply with our laws,” Tifatul said.

The ministry has conducted a series of meetings with RIM’s representatives to demand that the company establish a database center and server in Indonesia in order to satisfy the country’s legal requirements.

A local database center would enable the Indonesian government "lawful" access to communications. Last year, RIM had the same kind of scuttle with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. It put the mobile giant in a tough spot: On one hand, they were promising their clients unparalleled security, while on the other, they were being asked to comply with local laws, which essentially demand the keys to their databases. In that case, and after heated negotiations, Reasearch In Motion also agreed to allow Saudi Arabia to monitor communications through RIM's networks.

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