THE CANADIAN Blackberry maker Research in Motion (RIM) has asked the Indian government for 18 to 24 months to fix any security concerns it has about its network.
The Indians have told RIM that its spooks must have access to its corporate email services.
Both the Economic Times and Mint quoted leaked minutes of a meeting between the company, the government and security officials held on December 29.
The leaked minutes show that RIM has not been exactly forthcoming publicly about what it was telling the Indian government.
Officially RIM is denying that it is planning to provide access to data transmitted through Blackberry Enterprise Server.
The outfit said that any suggestion that it is enabling, or planning to enable in any timeframe, access to data transmitted through Blackberry Enterprise Server is both false and technologically infeasible.
At the same time it claims that its dealings with the Indian government spooks have been positive and are on track. Given that India has threatened to shut off Blackberry Messenger and corporate email services unless it gains access to them, it is hard to see how this could be the case. Unless RIM was planning to let it have access in the future.
RIM narrowly averted a ban in India last year, and the Indian government said in late October that RIM had set up an interim arrangement for lawful interception of Blackberry Messenger services and had assured it there would be "a final solution" by the end of January 2011. µ
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