RIM to block access to porn on BlackBerry in Indonesia

Internet service providers are required to block pornography in the country

Research in Motion said Monday it will work with Indonesia's carriers to filter out pornography websites as soon as possible for BlackBerry subscribers.

Internet service providers are required by law to block pornographic content, said Heru Sutadi, commissioner of Badan Regulasi Telekomunikasi Indonesia (BRTI), the telecommunications regulator in the country. If RIM does not block pornographic sites, Indonesia may consider blocking the service, Sutadi said.

Tifatul Sembiring, Indonesia's minister of communications and information, had warned of legal action if RIM did not filter pornographic web sites, according to media reports.

RIM said in its statement that it shares Sembiring's sense of urgency on the matter and that it is fully committed to working with Indonesia's carriers to put in place "a prompt, compliant filtering solution for BlackBerry subscribers in Indonesia."

A meeting between RIM and the government is scheduled for Jan. 17. “We hope RIM will be compliant by then,” Sutadi said.

The BRTI is also pressing RIM on an earlier demand that RIM should install a server in Jakarta so that domestic communications traffic does not go out of the country, Sutadi said. It also wants access to some of the communications for security reasons.

RIM is already under pressure in India to allow the country's security agencies access to communications on its services. The company has agreed to provide lawful access under certain conditions to traffic in India on the BlackBerry Messenger service, but said that it does not have the technical ability to provide its customers' encryption keys for its corporate service, the BlackBerry Enterprise Server.

John Ribeiro covers outsourcing and general technology breaking news from India for The IDG News Service. Follow John on Twitter at @Johnribeiro. John's e-mail address is john_ribeiro@idg.com

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