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RIM promises India solution to data interception by January

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 29 Oct 2010 18:20

RIM promises India solution to data interception by January Canadian firm Research In Motion (RIM) has promised India that it will provide a final solution for the lawful interception of BlackBerry Messenger services by the end of January, according to India.
India is one of several countries in the gulf region that has come to dispute with RIM over the encryption used in some of its communication services. Concerned governments fear it can be used to stir political or social instability and threatened to ban the services if RIM could not provide a solution.

RIM has reached an interim agreement for the lawful interception of BlackBerry Messenger services and assured the government that it will provide a final solution by the end of January 2011, with talks still ongoing over access to corporate e-mails.

"Accordingly, the BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) services will continue to be available," a statement from India's interior ministry said.

RIM's enterprise server systems are designed to protect e-mail and other traffic so that only he sponsoring business or organization has the technical capability to grant access to the unencrypted data. India, like other countries, wants access to the data if it should need it as part of a criminal investigation, for example.

"RIM can confirm that its discussions with the Indian government continue to be constructive and RIM remains optimistic about reaching a positive and final resolution," the Canadian firm said in a separate statement on Friday.

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