Blackberry to continue operations in Pakistan

Published: January 2, 2016
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PHOTO: REUTERS

PHOTO: REUTERS

BlackBerry Ltd has said it will continue its operations in Pakistan as the government dropped a request for access to users’ data, according to Reuters.

The company, which has faced similar problems in the past in India, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia, had said last month it would delay shutting down its operations in Pakistan until December 30.

The Pakistan Telecom-munication Authority had in July demanded that the company give access to its BlackBerry Enterprise Services (BES), which encrypts data such as emails and instant messages.

BlackBerry, formerly known as Research In Motion Ltd, said it would not provide access to its BES servers.

A report released in July by British-based watchdog Privacy International said Pakistani security agencies were seeking to dramatically expand its ability to intercept communications.

Shares of the company were down 0.46 per cent at C$12.91 on Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 2nd, 2016.

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