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Indonesia denies plan to ban BlackBerry services

Indonesia today denied it is considering a ban on certain BlackBerry smartphone services in line with similar moves from the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

world Updated: Aug 05, 2010 12:00 IST

Indonesia on Thursday denied it is considering a ban on certain BlackBerry smartphone services in line with similar moves from the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.



Communications ministry spokesman Gatot Dewa Broto said the government had requested the maker of the popular smartphone, Research in Motion, open a "data centre" in Indonesia but there was no push for a ban.



"It's not true that we're planning to ban BlackBerry services in Indonesia. We just recommended that they open a data centre in Indonesia so the data doesn't have to be routed through Canada," he told AFP.



The spokesman was responding to media reports that Indonesia was considering following measures taken in the UAE and Saudi Arabia to block BlackBerry services including messenger, web browsing and email, citing security concerns.



India is another country mulling restrictions due to fears BlackBerry's encrypted services, which involve data being routed through secure servers in Canada, could be used by militants or others for criminal activities.



Muslim-majority Indonesia has a problem with homegrown Islamic militancy but Broto refused to comment on whether the government saw BlackBerry's services as a security concern, saying only that there had been "no complaints".