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NEW DELHI Aug 4 Research In Motion RIM.TO
has proposed to share with the Indian government some details
of its BlackBerry services, but Indian security agencies want
full access, a government source said on Wednesday.
India has raised concerns that BlackBerry services could be
misused by militants as security agencies cannot access the
messages sent through these services and has asked RIM to offer
a solution to address the country's security requirements.
RIM has said that it is impossible for it or any other
third party to read encrypted data sent via its enterprise
offering and that the company cannot accommodate any request
for a copy of a customer's encryption key. [ID:nN02273805] and
After several meetings with Indian government officials,
the company has proposed that it could share the IP address of
BlackBerry Enterprise Servers (BES) and the PIN and IMEI
numbers of BlackBerry mobiles, a senior government official
familiar with the discussions said, but added these were not
"Those details do not give us access to encrypted services
and is unaccpetable," the official, who did not want to be
named as the matter is not yet public, told Reuters.
"We should be able to have full access to meet our security
concerns," the official said.
Another government source had told Reuters on Tuesday that
talks between RIM and officials from India's telecommunications
ministry were still on and expected that they would be able to
find a solution by the end of August.
"There should be a possibility of lawful interception and
the service provider should give us that access. Until that is
met, our security concerns shall remain," U.K. Bansal, India's
internal security chief, told Reuters.
He said RIM was still discussing possible solutions with
the telecommunications ministry, which would send it to the
home (interior) ministry for clearance when it was ready.
Bansal had earlier said RIM had assured the government that
they would be addressing the country's concerns.
The Economic Times on Wednesday reported that India's
security establishment had taken a hard-line view of RIM's
stance and that the solutions offered by RIM were being tested
by the security agencies. [ID:nSGE67302X]
The data security prized by corporate BlackBerry users is
a headache for governments intent on monitoring chatter.
India's concerns over BlackBerry services dates back to 2008
when the issue was sorted out after a series of meetings
between the company and the state, before resurfacing again
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are the latest
countries to fret about BlackBerries and the national security
concerns raised by their inability to monitor traffic on them.
Saudi Arabia on Tuesday ordered at least one Research In
Motion's BlackBerry smartphone service to be blocked.
(Reporting by Bappa Majumdar and Devidutta Tripathy; Editing
by Jui Chakravorty)