RIM Makes Concessions to Governments
Blackberry maker Research in Motion (RIM) will make concessions to the Saudi and Indian governments, according to media reports. Saudi Arabia wants online porn blocked from Blackberries, while Indian security agencies want the ability to monitor Blackberry services.
Research in Motion Ltd. agreed in principle to block 3,000 pornographic websites for BlackBerry users in Kuwait, al-Jarida newspaper reported citing people familiar with the matter. The company, responding to a request from the ministry of telecommunications, will block the websites by the end of the year, the newspaper said, adding that BlackBerry services in the Gulf Arab state will not be stopped.
MarketWatch reports on what RIM is doing in India:
Research In Motion Ltd. /quotes/comstock/15*!rimm/quotes/nls/rimm (RIMM 57.57, +0.59, +1.04%) , which makes the BlackBerry smart phone, has agreed to allow Indian security agencies to monitor its services, the Economic Times reported Tuesday, citing an internal note at the Department of Telecommunications.
The Canada-based company has offered to share with security agencies its technical codes for corporate email services, open up access to all consumer emails within 15-days and also develop tools in six-eight months to allow monitoring chats, the report said.
No word yet on Blackberry’s reaction to the UAE’s new rules, which will also affect travelers coming into the Emirates. Perhaps executives will address it during today’s press conference, in which the company will reveal its touchscreen Blackberry Torch.