Indonesia Denies Plans To Ban BlackBerry Services

The Indonesian Government has announced that it has no plans to bar the services of Research in Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry smartphone in the country.

In a statement released by the country’s communications ministry, Indonesia refuted comments made by an official from the Indonesian Telecommunications Regulatory Body, who had said that the country will ban RIM’s services if it does not install a server that allows the country's security agencies to monitor all data sent from the handsets.

The announcement follows plans outlined by the governments of Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E to impose a ban on BlackBerry services in their respective countries, citing national security concerns.

RIM is also currently in discussions with the Indian government, which is demanding complete access to BlackBerry network codes, potentially allowing Indian security agencies to snoop on e-mail and MMS sent from the devices.

Speaking to Bloomberg, and in response to the statement released by the Indonesian government, the official who had suggested that the country was planning to impose a ban Heru Sutadi, said: “There’s no decision yet on the ban, but we raised similar concerns as other countries over the security of data traffic. We just wanted to protect the customers and our country from any misuse of the content of communication using BlackBerry devices.”