Pakistan clamps down on Blackberry

BlackberryThe Pakistani government has banned BlackBerry services in the country, citing security as the reason for the move.

BlackBerry, once very popular with enterprises because of its high level of encryption, has faced scrutiny from other countries including India and the UK.

According to the Guardian, the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority has told phone operators to stop BlackBerry Enterprise Services from November 30th.

Despite repeated attempts by various governments to persuade BlackBerry to open up its secure services for reasons of “security”, the company has always resisted attempts to do so.

A BlackBerry representative told the Guardian that its secure services were used by government, military and enterprise clients. It will comply with legitimate requests by governments in the case of crime, but won’t give unfettered access to its secure servers.