* 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 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.
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.
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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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
(Editing by Lincoln Feast)