NEW DELHI Aug 4 India's security establishment
has taken a hard-line view on Research In Motion's RIM.TO
stance that it does not possess a "master key" to intercept
data traffic on BlackBerry and has warned services that cannot
be monitored will be shut down, the Economic Times reported.
"We are very clear that any BlackBerry service that cannot
be fully intercepted by our agencies must be discontinued.
Offering access to data is part of the telecom licensing
guidelines and has to be adhered to," the newspaper quoted an
unnamed security official as saying.
RIM has said BlackBerry security is based on a system where
the customers create their own key and the company neither has
a master key nor any "back door" to allow RIM or any third
party to gain access to crucial corporate data.
On Tuesday, the Economic Times had reported that RIM had
proposed the Indian government to help them track emails,
without sharing encryption details. On Wednesday, the paper
said the solution offered by RIM was being tested by security
If these tests allow interception of services, a standoff
will be averted, it said.
Saudi Arabia on Tuesday ordered at least one Research In
Motion's BlackBerry smartphone service to be blocked as of
Friday, becoming the latest government to threaten to curb the
device on security grounds. [ID:nLDE6720WQ]
For the newspaper story, see (www.economictimes.com)
(Writing by Devidutta Tripathy; Editing by Ranjit Gangadharan)