* Co says no technical capability to provide access
* Says security issue in India not unique to BlackBerry
* RIM has received demands for access from several
(Adds details, executive comments)
NEW DELHI, Jan 27 BlackBerry maker Research In
Motion RIM.TO on Thursday said there was no possibility of
providing India access to corporate emails on BlackBerry
India has demanded access to all BlackBerry services as
part of efforts to fight militancy and security threats over
the Internet and through telephone communications.
"There is no possibility of us providing any kind of a
solution," RIM vice president Robert Crow told reporters.
"There is no solution, there are no keys to be handed."
RIM has been buffeted by demands for access to its
encrypted data from several countries worried about security
and social mores.
Earlier this month, RIM said it would filter pornographic
internet content for BlackBerry users in Indonesia, following
government pressure to restrict access to porn sites or face
its browsing service being shut down. [ID:nN10270236]
Last year, the company narrowly escaped a ban in Saudi
Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Neither side disclosed
what RIM did to get itself onside with UAE telecom regulations.
RIM encrypts email messages as they travel between a
BlackBerry device and a computer known as BlackBerry Enterprise
The company has said it does not have a master key to
decode emails, adding that each organisation would have the
technical capability to grant access to its own encrypted
enterprise email. [ID:nN12132220]
The Canadian company earlier this month gave India access
to its Messenger service.
"We are confident that it meets the requirements," Crow
said of the access to its Messenger service.
Crow has led RIM's talks with the Indian government and has
been meeting officials from the interior ministry and security
agencies frequently. He will meet officials again over the
course of his current visit.
"Certainly my perception is there is a broader recognition
and appreciation that this is not an issue unique to
BlackBerry," he said.
"BlackBerry represents a very small fraction of the total
population of VPN (virtual private networks) in India. There
may be more than a million VPNs in India with high security
architecture," he added.
(Reporting by Devidutta Tripathy; Writing by Prashant Mehra;
Editing by Jui Chakravorty)