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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > BlackBerry Will Quit Pakistan Because of State Surveillance

BlackBerry Will Quit Pakistan Because of State Surveillance

BlackBerry Will Quit Pakistan Because of State Surveillance

Added: Thursday, December 3rd, 2015
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
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BlackBerry announced its decision to pull out of Pakistan by the end of 2015 due to government surveillance, which equals to intrusion into user privacy. The problem is that Pakistani government has banned the use of BlackBerry Enterprise servers providing encrypted data and communications services to the company’s mobile phones.


Smartphone and secure communications company BlackBerry confirmed that it would exit the country entirely on 30 December. On that date, all BlackBerry mobile phones in Pakistan will cease to operate. Earlier, BlackBerry claimed it would quit the country in November, but the ban on its servers was put back by a month by the local government.

According to BlackBerry’s COO, the Pakistani government required that BlackBerry Enterprise Service allowed it to monitor all traffic in the country, including all email and BBM messages. Of course, BlackBerry refused to comply with such directive, announcing that it would never support “back doors” granting open access to its clients’ data, because secure communications is its top priority. BlackBerry also pointed out that it has never done this anywhere in the world.

Industry observers remind that Pakistan’s Telecommunications Authority ordered mobile phone operators and BlackBerry to cease using BlackBerry Enterprise servers this past summer for “security reasons”. As you know, BlackBerry’s secure servers can’t be intercepted by any third party, including the Pakistan government, which means that messaging services, email and browsing can be obfuscated from snooping. At the same time, the company promises to respond to “lawful government investigative requests of criminal activity”.

BlackBerry explained that Pakistan’s demand was not a question of public safety – instead, Pakistan was demanding unfettered access to all of the company’s client information. It can be noted that the company has faced similar problems in India, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia, and 5 years ago BlackBerry had to quit the UAE and Saudi Arabia for the same reasons. Later, bans were lifted in some states but with tightened restrictions.

Talking about Pakistan, BlackBerry’s exit followed a ramping up of the state surveillance, which the privacy activists consider an abuse of communications surveillance powers.

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Date:  Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Comments (11) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2015-12-03 19:34:10)
mrsalmanaziz avatarfirst of all, it is very good to hear that Pakistani govt is doing something. Surveillance is mandatory to track illegal activity/terrorist activity, i am not doing anything illegal, i myself let govt read my chat or blah blah.

posted by Blocked (2015-12-03 19:39:21)
MumbaiDesiLuvr avataronly thing Pakistan needs is laundry soap and deodorant

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanmen (2015-12-03 22:53:58)
analogkid6103 avatarA thumbs up to Blackberry for standing up and refusing to allow Big Brother to take over. Because once freedom is traded for security soon there will be no freedom and a whole lot of security. And many more prisons built.

posted by (2015-12-04 10:42:39)
Kamran007 avatarHats off for Pakistani govt. to take such a very necessary steps for peace in country.

posted by Trusted UploaderTurtle (2015-12-04 10:52:40)
1xXx1 avatarWe dont have much fans of BlackBerry in Pakistan.
Terrorists using encrypted sources make difficult for govt to catch them.
GTFO blackberry we dont need you.

posted by Turtle (2015-12-04 15:38:48)
ReservoirDogs avatarBravo BlackBerry to stood up !
My next phone will be a BlackBerry for sure

posted by (2015-12-04 22:39:12)
hansijay avatarBlackberry Still Exist ? O_O
I Thought This Phone Was Dead

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanmen (2015-12-05 02:07:30)
analogkid6103 avatarWell I guess if peeps want to be enslaved. Glad I dont live there.

posted by (2015-12-05 03:36:44)
tj1182 avatarHow are they still operating in the US then? People wonder why BB is irrelevant.

posted by (2015-12-05 09:01:12)
mrsalmanaziz avatar@ #8
its not about being enslave, you cant imagine what things are NSA is doing, everything every software has made by US, they have backdoor in every thing, even they have loop holes in TLS(transport layer security), ASCSII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange). haven't you heard about HEART BLEED. it does not mean i hate america or india, but we have to fend ourselves!
No offense to anyone, plz dont start debate, either comment will be deleted and i will be awarded a black point.

posted by (2015-12-05 09:15:51)
mian_jwd avatarWe have only 5000 user of blackberry in Pak. so nothing effect on us bt on terrorist. Hatts off Govt.good step to anti terrorism.

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