The Indonesian Government is demanding BlackBerry maker RIM apply to local law and set up a data center in the country so it can monitor past communications for crime investigation.
It is the latest in a string of demands being thrown at RIM from countries around the world concerned that its tight security settings offers no way to monitor ill-toward activity, especially terrorism.
The BlackBerry phone was found to be used in the Mumbai attack in India in 2008 but despite this Indonesia, which has also suffered terrorist attacks, said it is more concerned about monitoring corruption in business and government.
Indonesia Communications and information Technology Minister Tifatul Sembiring said the government has requested RIM take "urgent" action on its demand, but at the time of writing it was reported that no response had been received.
All telecommunications operators in Indonesia, including Nokia, Samsung, Apple with its iPhone and foreign-owned banks are required by law to establish data centers in Indonesia. RIM is classed by the government as a network service provider, according to Sembiring which places it in the telecommunications space.
"We have no plans to ban them anytime soon," Sembiring told The Jakarta Post on 6 August. "The first stage is to appeal to them to set up the center here [that] would not only enable the government to monitor transactions [involving RIM] to verify their tax and other non-tax revenue but would also allow law enforcement officers to trace data related with crimes."
Sembiring said unlike Saudi Arabia, which proposed a ban that has since been overturned, and India and other nations currently reviewing policies with RIM, Indonesia was not interested in intercepting messages, just accessing them once they are stored.
Earlier, however, a member of the Indonesian Telecommunications Regulatory Body, Heru Sutadi, told Bloomberg the country could consider banning BlackBerry devices if the government