National Telecommunication authoritie’s reverse thought on its demand for accessing the Blackberry customer’s private communication has made Blackberry to change its decision on exiting Pakistan completely. The Pakistan telecommunication authorities was seeking monitoring capabilities to have a track of all the domestic Blackberry service that includes private mails and messages of the users for the sake of national security.
Last month on November 29th, Blackberry confirmed that they will leave Pakistan market on 30th November as they are unable to reach a compromise with the National telecom authority that involves the user’s privacy. They also added that Blackberry’s BES server is not allowed to operate in Pakistan since December due to privacy reasons.
According to them, they are concerned for the user’s privacy and can’t compromise that in any condition. The main aim of Pakistani Government was to investigate some crime issues but what they were seeking is a backdoor to the encrypted traffic that will allow them to view the private communication of any users at any point of time.
Marty Beard, the chief operating officer in Blackberry stated in a blog during the last month that, Pakistan Telecomm authority wanted to have access to the BES e-mail and BES- BBM messages of the users but they are not ready to comply with this kind of directive. He also added that, they do not support back doors to allow open access to the sensitive information of customers and never done this before in any other country in the world.
But Pakistan is not the only country to seek this permission rather many other countries approached many other mobile companies to approve this back door facility for national security. China has recently approved the controversial law that let officials demand the cryptographic keys and other technical details of encryption implementations for national security.