UPDATE 1-RIM to allow India to monitor Blackberry svcs -report

Mon Aug 2, 2010 11:17pm EDT

* RIM plans to allow access to emails, chat - Economic Times

* Move comes after UAE threatens to cut off Blackberry

* India has raised security concerns, no plans to ban (Adds detail, background)

By Devidutta Tripathy

NEW DELHI, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Research in Motion RIM.TO RIMM.O has agreed to allow Indian security agencies to monitor its BlackBerry services, The Economic Times newspaper reported on Tuesday, after pressure from governments worried about national security. RIM has offered to share with Indian security agencies its technical codes for corporate email services, open up access to all consumer emails within 15 days and also develop tools in six to eight months to allow monitoring of chats, the paper said, citing internal government documents.

RIM will provide further details on its proposals to the Indian telecoms ministry on Tuesday, the newspaper said.

A RIM India spokesman had no immediate comment on the report while a Telecoms Ministry spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment.

RIM on Monday pledged to satisfy the security needs both of customers and governments, a day after the United Arab Emirates threatened to cut off some BlackBerry services because authorities could not access encrypted messaging data. [ID:nN0285181]

India has raised security concerns with BlackBerry services, but is not planning a ban, the country's internal security chief said last week, adding the company had assured them that it would be addressing Indian government's concerns. [ID:nSGE66S09D]

The news drove RIM's Nasdaq-listed shares down as much as 2.7 percent on Monday, before they recovered to trade down less than 1 percent as some analysts said they were optimistic that the security issue could be resolved.

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Take a Look on Blackberry's data risk [ID:nN02151382]

Grpahic on global smart phone market: link.reuters.com/fup82n

For ANALYSIS on Blackberry's secure data [ID:nLDE67103O]

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The Blackberry's tight email security has been key to its popularity with businesses, and is RIM's main selling point against Apple Inc (AAPL.O), Nokia (NOK1V.HE) and other rivals. But governments like the UAE, Saudi Arabia and India are concerned that those same features make it difficult for them to monitor BlackBerry messages for national security purposes.

The United States said it was disappointed that the UAE planned to cut off BlackBerry services, noting that the Gulf nation was setting a dangerous precedent in limiting freedom of information. [ID:nLDE6711Y9] (Editing by Lincoln Feast)

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Comments (5)
Paranoid governments have begun to crush true freedom.
And America won’t stop them, largely because it is ready to copy such actions before long.
How long before people will look at Cubans as people with more communication freedom than available in many so-called democratic states?

Aug 02, 2010 11:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JRZ wrote:
There’s no such thing as freedom of information. Even so-called democracies are even more inclined to censorship and monitoring/spying on private and company data.

Whether India is using paranoia as an excuse, it is getting a toehold in BLACKBERRY technology, business, and private information. RIM should give all countries the same level of access and no special treatment to only one.

Aug 03, 2010 1:10am EDT  --  Report as abuse
MM7 wrote:
If it hadn’t been for the United States’ continued sponsorship of Pakistan, India might have had less of a reason to be ‘paranoid’. They may be comfortable with Pakistani duplicity. India isn’t.
[https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/world/war-logs.html]

Aug 03, 2010 1:45am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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