NEW DELHI Oct 1 The Indian government has
manual access to Canadian Research in Motion's RIM.TO
BlackBerry messenger services and is hopeful of getting
automated access from January 1, a top official said on Friday.
India, which along with several other countries has
expressed concerns that BlackBerry services could be used to
stir political or social instability, had threatened RIM with a
ban if it were denied access to data.
"We have manual access to the messenger services. We want
automated access and we are hopeful of getting that from
January 1," G.K. Pillai, India's home secretary, told Reuters.
The Indian interior ministry said on Aug. 30 that the
Canadian firm had offered several ways to allow authorities to
monitor BlackBerry communications. The government said it would
check their feasibility over the next 60 days. [ID:nSGE67T0I0]
Saudi Arabia, fretful over services such as online
pornography, has reached a deal with RIM on access to the
BlackBerry Messenger instant messaging service, a consumer
product that operates outside of the secure corporate domain,
according to government sources. [ID:nN10122755]
Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates have raised similar
concerns, with the UAE setting an Oct. 11 deadline for RIM.
(Reporting by Bappa Majumdar; Editing by Surojit Gupta)