The Canadian smartphone company says in a blog post that it will continue to operate in Pakistan until Dec. 30 as a result of a one-month extension to a compliance order issued by the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority in July.
BlackBerry had said previously it would pull out of Pakistan rather than comply with a demand for full access to content on its BlackBerry Enterprise Service by Nov. 30.
The company says the Pakistani government wants the ability to monitor all traffic on in the country, including every BES e-mail and BES BBM message.
It says it’s willing to work with Pakistani authorities to protect public safety, but the privacy of its customers is paramount to BlackBerry and it won’t compromise.
BlackBerry operations chief Marty Beard says in a blog post that the company recognizes the need to co-operate with lawful government investigative requests of criminal activity, but it has never permitted wholesale access to BlackBerry servers.