The maker of BlackBerry promised Indonesia on Monday it will meet the country’s request to filter out pornographic content on its smartphones in the next four days, according to a government spokesman.
Research In Motion Ltd. made a commitment last week to install the filters after Indonesia threatened to revoke BlackBerry’s license to operate in the country, the world’s most populous Muslim nation. The Canada-based company worked out the details of the deal in a meeting with government officials on Monday.
A number of countries have expressed national security concerns about encrypted information on users’ BlackBerrys if RIM didn’t come up with a way for governments to monitor them. They have threatend to shut out RIM, whose competitive edge rests on ensuring security to its global users.
Indonesia says RIM earns about $251 million per year from the country’s 3 million BlackBerry users.