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Pakistan Is Ordering Telecom Companies to Ban BlackBerry Encrypted Messaging

Pakistan Is Ordering Telecom Companies to Ban BlackBerry Encrypted Messaging:

The government of Pakistan is “requesting” that three telecom companies stop providing BlackBerry’s encrypted messaging services to customers, according to documents obtained by civil rights group Bytes for All Pakistan.

“This demonstrates, at a policy level, that a very large government is willing to ban communications if they can’t gain access to it,“ said Chris Parsons, a post-doctoral fellow at digital rights group Citizen Lab.”Maybe it’s just Pakistan, and nobody else will do it, but it’s certainly a strong change to, ‘If we can’t backdoor it, then we will ban it,’” he added.