The BlackBerry mobile company is shutting down its business in Pakistan due to user privacy concerns and security reasons. According to the recent blog post by the companies COO Marty Beard:
The Pakistani government wanted the ability to monitor all BlackBerry Enterprise Service traffic in the country, including every BES e-mail and BES BBM message. But BlackBerry will not comply with that sort of directive. As we have said many times, we do not support “back doors” granting open access to our customers’ information and have never done this anywhere in the world.
In July this year the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority had sent notifications to the mobile phone operators in the country stating that BlackBerry’s BES servers won’t be allowed to operate in the country due to security reasons. While it is not clear what security reasons the Pakistan government has, according to BlackBerry the Pakistan government wanted unrestricted access to their customer data, which was not acceptable to the company.