India says RIM's Messenger remedy not satisfactory

NEW DELHI/TORONTO Wed Mar 16, 2011 6:13pm EDT

A man speaks on a BlackBerry mobile phone inside a shop in Kolkata January 31, 2011. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A man speaks on a BlackBerry mobile phone inside a shop in Kolkata January 31, 2011.

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NEW DELHI/TORONTO (Reuters) - Indian security agencies are not satisfied with a plan offered by Research In Motion for them to have access to data on its BlackBerry Messenger services, junior Telecoms Minister Sachin Pilot told parliament on Wednesday.

RIM gave India access to its consumer services, including its Messenger services, in January after Indian authorities raised security concerns, but said it could not allow monitoring of its enterprise email.

RIM said it believed Pilot's written response to a parliamentary question "may have been inadvertently prepared using outdated information" and it was confident its plan was adequate and ahead of those offered by rivals including Nokia.

(Reporting by Devidutta Tripathy and Alastair Sharp; editing by Malini Menon and Peter Galloway)

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