* Telecoms min: govt, RIM still in talks, no agreement yet
* India wants interception of messages on BlackBerry
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NEW DELHI Aug 5 India has not yet reached an
agreement with BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion RIM.TO,
the country's telecoms minister said on Thursday, after the
government raised security concerns over the popular services.
India is worried 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.
Andimuthu Raja told reporters that officials of India's
Department of Telecommunications and RIM were still discussing
"We have not reached an agreement so far. Hopefully some
solution will come out soon," he said.
The Indian government may block the BlackBerry messenger
service but allow emails and voicemails if a solution is not
reached, the Times of India said on Thursday, citing unnamed
sources. Such a move would follow Saudi Arabia, which has said
it would block BlackBerry messenger services, starting Friday.
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
But a senior government source told Reuters on Wednesday
the company has said it could share the IP address of
BlackBerry Enterprise Servers (BES) and the PIN and IMEI
numbers of BlackBerry mobiles. The government feels that is not
sufficient and wants full access. [ID:nSGE6730A2]
RIM has assured the Indian government that they would be
addressing the country's concerns, internal security chief U.K.
Bansal said last week.
(Reporting by Nigam Prusty; editing by Malini Menon and Jui