WEB DESK: After November 30, BlackBerry will no longer operate in Pakistan over their commitment to protect user’s privacy.
In July, the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority notified the country’s mobile phone operators that BlackBerry’s BES servers would no longer be allowed to operate in the country starting in December “for security reasons.”
According to BlackBerry’s official website, they claim that the Pakistani government wanted the ability to monitor all BlackBerry Enterprise Service traffic in the country, including every BES e-mail and BES BBM message.
But BlackBerry refused to comply with the directive. As we have said many times, they don’t support granting open access to customer information without consent as it is against their international policy. They want to remain transparent across that board.
— BlackBerry (@BlackBerry) November 30, 2015
According to the Chief Operating Officer Marty Beard, Pakistan was essentially demanding unfettered access to all of our BES customers’ information. “The privacy of our customers is paramount to BlackBerry, and we will not compromise that principle.”
In July when rumors of Pakistan’s decision started to swirl remains true today: “BlackBerry provides the world’s most secure communications platform to government, military and enterprise customers. Protecting that security is paramount to our mission. While we recognize the need to cooperate with lawful government investigative requests of criminal activity, we have never permitted wholesale access to our BES servers.”
Although the Pakistani government’s directive was aimed only at the BES servers, BlackBerry has decided to exit the market altogether, because Pakistan’s demand for open access to monitor a significant swath of our customers’ communications will not be met.