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India rejects RIM corporate email solution - report

A person poses while using a Blackberry Bold 2 smartphone made by Research in Motion (RIM), July 13, 2010. REUTERS/Mark Blinch/Files

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The telecommunications ministry has rejected a solution offered by Research In Motion for its BlackBerry corporate email services, and it has not been able to access chats on the messenger service either, the Economic Times reported on Friday.

The paper cited an internal note from the ministry saying security agencies have been unable to intercept or monitor secure email communication in readable format. The paper also said law enforcement agencies have failed to intercept chats on the BlackBerry Messenger platform.

Last week a government source told Reuters that India and RIM had hit technical glitches in their talks on access to corporate email, but access to the messenger services was satisfactory.

India, which along with several other countries has expressed concerns that BlackBerry services could be used to stir political or social instability, had threatened RIM with a ban if it were denied access to data.

Writing by Devidutta Tripathy